From Free Range Kids

Sometimes things don’t work out how we plan…and that’s called LEARNING!


About Karyn @ kloppenmum

kloppenmum is me, Karyn Van Der Zwet, mother of three and ex-teacher. I'm part of a revolution in parenting, with the aim to raise mature (not sophisticated) and self-assured children. I also know some stuff about adults. I have also had articles printed in The Journal for The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (Children and Young People) and the US parenting magazine, Pathways to Family Wellness, as well I regularly write for World Moms Blog (named as one of the Forbes 100 most useful blogs for women 2012 &2013). You can follow me on facebook (kloppenmum) pinterest (Karyn at Kloppenmum) and twitter (@kloppenmum). I'm also vaguely on LinkedIn (Karyn Van Der Zwet). Thanks to Joe (Mr Hare) for taking the photo. Cheers, son: xxxx.
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2 Responses to From Free Range Kids

  1. Elena says:

    If it did merit being a news story, I’d think it should focus on how cool that these folks live in a neighborhood that functions properly, and put the whole thing out there as an example to others of how they could help each other out and live in security by being a tight-knit community. The neighborhood I’m in right now is like this, and none of us would bat an eye to help each other or our kids, but the neighborhood I used to live in? I would have considered this scenario a potential “nightmare,” because if the wrong neighbor had tried to help my kid, it might have gone badly. It feels good now to be able to trust that my kids are okay to range freely!

    • Absolutely. I think building a community in which our children can feel safe is so important: our boys know of safe houses near their bus-stop, around the neighbourhood etc – so they know they have access to good people if we’re not around for whatever reason.Interestingly, one of the Mums at school is doing a Ph.D on the impact of high-rise housing on health/community etc and reckons we have to get back to living on the dirt rather than in tall buildings – more difficult in countries with large populations and a small land mass though.

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