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Do Parents Matter? Recommended reading for raising free kids

Fair warning: this book may shake any strong convictions you have about the right way to parent. The LeVines have studied parenting practices in cultures all over the world. One of my favorite examples is the Nso people of Cameroon … Continue reading

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Mommy Laid an Egg! recommended reading for raising free kids

Mommy Laid An Egg by Babette Cole is a silly book that tells kids the basic facts of life, and yes, it includes some ridiculous illustrations. When my daughter was in first grade, her teacher read this book to her … Continue reading

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Happy New Year! The ACHTUNG BABY paperback is out today!

  * The first New Year’s Eve in Berlin, I thought the Germans were crazy. Everyone was shooting off fireworks. Not just tourists but shopkeepers and retirees, whole families with little kids setting off some pretty serious explosives for the … Continue reading

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“Let the Children Fight” in The Wall Street Journal

Parenting the German Way: Let the Children Fight by Sara Zaske The chaos of German kindergartens is sometimes hard for Americans to understand. When I lived in Berlin for nearly seven years, I was surprised at first to find that kindergartens … Continue reading

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A cover for ACHTUNG BABY

My book about German parenting is coming out in January 2, 2018, but this baby already has an awesome cover. It’s big, it’s bright, it’s yellow! And watch out for those kids! Read more about ACHTUNG BABY on this site, … Continue reading

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Simple ways to give kids more free play

At this point, every parent in America has probably heard how important free play is for their kids. If you haven’t, there’s this article and this article and this article  just to name a few. We know that children need to … Continue reading

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Dear America, Please Don’t Kill Halloween

Halloween is about the best thing about American childhood that our helicopter culture has been unable to ruin–yet. Despite our constant control of our children, on Halloween they can run around freely, sometimes even without their parents, and ask strangers … Continue reading

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