Risky Reads: The Puppy Edition

I can’t believe I haven’t mentioned it already, but last month The Risky Family grew! We added a four-legged member to the club, a lab-mix puppy. He’s 5 months old, and full of energy! But he’s also full of licks and snuggles. We adopted him from a local agency that fosters animals, and he was […]

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Meet the Beyers {A Risky Kids Interview}

Leah Beyer Family Interview

One of the things I hear over and over again as interact with other free-range parents is, “I wish I knew more families like us.” A community, whether virtual or out your front door, can be so empowering. It makes you feel less alone, and when you feel like others have your back, you feel […]

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Keeping the Summer Spirit Alive Through the School Year

One of the hardest things about going back to school is watching the last glorious days of summer unfold while you’re stuck inside. And while I won’t deny that we were all ready to get back to a schedule, none of us were quite ready to give up on summer. It got me thinking – […]

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50 Dangerous Things (You Should Let Your Children Do): Explode a Bottle in the Freezer

50 Dangerous Things: Explode a Glass Bottle

Task: Fill and freeze a glass bottle, and see the natural power of ice in action. Requires: Sealable glass bottle Plastic container (to hold the bottle bits post-explosion) Possible Hazards: Cuts and scrapes Mess How It All Went Down: I can think of multiple times we accidentally exploded a bottle in the freezer as kids, […]

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Life Skills Every Kid Should Know: How to Bake From a Box

In March I announced that we’d be starting a new series on The Risky Kids: Life Skills Every Kid Should Know. The response was wonderful – it turns out you agree that there are many things kids need to know beyond what they’re taught in school. You agreed with our suggestions for the series, and […]

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The Unscheduled Summer: Putting the Break Back in Summer

Well hello there {dusts cobwebs off keyboard}! It’s been awhile! I had absolutely no intention of taking a break from blogging, but as I turned the calendar to August and the last days of summer vacation stared me in the face, I found the last place I wanted to be was in front of a […]

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A Summer Bus Route Just For Kids

If only she had access to public transportation she could use on her own in our hometown. Just on the heels of my post about unaccompanied minors, and how we might make the towns and cities we live here in the US more accessible for kids to get around without always relying on adults, I […]

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Playgrounds: Reinventing the Square (Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid)

From the early days of The Risky Kids, I’ve been following along the Playscapes blog. I always enjoy seeing the playgrounds they feature from around the world. I usually file the information under “Things I’d Love To (But Probably Never Will) See.” In May, Paige posted about an upcoming exhibit to be hosted by the […]

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Risky Reads: The World Traveler Edition

We’ve been home for two weeks now, and we’re still walking around in a fog. We have alternating feelings of happiness at being back home, utter disbelief that we spent an entire month traipsing about Spain, a yearning to go back, and sadness at the rapidly approaching first day of school. I’ve given up at […]

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Perfect Pop App: Summertime Snacking Made Easy

Pop secret app

    This post is sponsored by Pop Secret Popcorn. All opinions are my own.     It may be summertime, and the livin’ may very well be easy, but that doesn’t mean that the kids don’t have to lift a finger. No, much to their chagrin, I’ve been requiring a little more responsibility from […]

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