Rewilding the American Child

How to restore kids' freedom, fire up their imaginations, and let them loose to play

The Case for Letting Kids Be Kids

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Why You Should Take Your Kids Out of School
Aug 12, 2014

Why You Should Take Your Kids Out of School

At least not of the traditional, compulsory, watch-the-clock-until-the-bell-rings kind. As a growing movement of unschoolers believe, a steady diet of standardized testing and indoor inactivity is choking the creativity right out of our kids. The alternative: set 'em free.
Why You Should Inspire Your Child to Take Risks
Sep 1, 2018

Why You Should Inspire Your Child to Take Risks

Childhood used to come with rites of passage: your first fish, your first hunt, your first taste of outdoor risk. We need to rebuild the steps along the journey to adulthood.
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Inside the Cut-Throat World of Strider Bike Racing
May 31, 2017

Inside the Cut-Throat World of Strider Bike Racing

As our writer cheered on his three-year-old at the Strider Cup in Texas—a merciless race replete with tears, anxiety, and elation—he had one question: Is intense competition good for the tiniest of competitors?
Animals Are the Cure for Loneliness
Sep 1, 2018

Animals Are the Cure for Loneliness

Today’s kids are lonelier than any previous generation. What can help is a deep connection with animals both domestic and wild.
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Daniel Duane on Giving His Daughter a Yosemite Education
Aug 22, 2017

Daniel Duane on Giving His Daughter a Yosemite Education

When Daniel Duane was a kid, his father taught him how to climb in Yosemite. Two decades later, when his teenage daughter wanted a valley education of her own, he realized that the old beta no longer applied.
What Kerouac's Wilderness Teaches Us About Parenting
Nov 27, 2017

What Kerouac's Wilderness Teaches Us About Parenting

When she was in college, Jack Kerouac’s book The Dharma Bums helped the author find her place in wilderness and in life. She hoped it would do the same for her 16-year-old son as they embarked on a mother-son California road trip retracing Kerouac’s adventures.
The Girl Scouts Is Raising Our Next Generation of Rippers
Apr 11, 2017

The Girl Scouts Is Raising Our Next Generation of Rippers

For more than a century, the Girl Scouts has been the most well-trod path for junior explorers to get into adventure. But what comes after the Thin Mints and craft badges is a troop for sisterhood, winter camping, and some serious archery.
Wide-Eyed and Breathless
Oct 4, 2017

Wide-Eyed and Breathless

Whether our writers and editors were drawn to flower and tree, bird and creature, or sun and moon, the outdoors wowed them in ways that never let go
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