This piece appeared on page 11 of the Southern Gazette, a community paper for the South Perth area, on September 21, 2010.
Free Range Kids
A snapshot of part of a page on Lenore Skenazy's website Free-Range Kids on October 20, 2010, which includes a recent conversation between David and Isabella on our dangerous world (in full below).
Signs, signs everywhere
Isabella, after we’d made it to the West End on Rottnest Island off the West Australian coast and had had a bit of a look around: “Dad, why are there so many signs?”
Dad: “They’re warnings, Issy.”
Isabella: “Warnings? About what?”
Dad: “About all the things that can hurt you?”
Isabella: “Like what, Dad?”
Dad: “Oh, cliffs falling on your head, unsteady footpaths giving way, that sort of thing.”
Isabella: “Was everything this dangerous when you were a little boy?”
Dad: “Do you mean, did we have signs everywhere when I was little?”
Dad: “I can hardly remember any signs when I was a boy.”
Isabella: “Oh! Well, why has it become so dangerous now for?”
Dad: “It’s not dangerous now. Things are the same now as they’ve always been. All that’s changed is that people now think everything has to have a warning sign on it in case someone accidently hurts themselves.”
Isabella: “But why can’t people just watch out for things all by themselves? And besides, Dad. You can’t warn people about everything. There are too many things in the world that can be dangerous. I know. Just tell everyone that they have to do it themselves.”
Dad: “Do what?”
Isabella: “You know, look out for things. Otherwise there's going to be sand everywhere with lots of signs sticking out of it. Or rocks with signs sticking out of them.”
LINKS and RESOURCES
Offline and left to their own devices
Kids and taking a break from their numerous gadgets
Goldie Hawn on mindfulness
Actress Golden Hawn speaks with Richard Aedy on ABC Radio National's LifeMatters
(Oct. 13, 2011)
Lots of good things to read here. If you're a little short on time try the articles link.
More Dads at home will change the world by
by Griffin Longley
The West Australian
Feb. 17, 2012
ABC Local Radio interviews
INTERVIEW with JAMES LUSH
David was interviewed by ABC720 Perth's James Lush on his Breakfast show on Saturday February 26, 2011.
"Out of the mouths of babes . . . We've all heard kids coming out with hilarious comments, in fact David Broadbent heard so many from his three kids that he filled a book! It was a hilarious chat with David on 720 Saturday Breakfast this morning."
— Tamara Binama
INTERVIEW with JAMES VALENTINE
David was interviewed by ABC702 Sydney's James Valentine on his Overheard segment Afternoons on Thursday October 28, 2010.
An extended interview with almost a dozen contributions from listeners to the program, sharing anecdotes from their conversations with their children and grandchildren.
INTERVIEW WITH RICHARD FIDLER
David was interviewed by Richard Fidler on Conversations on ABC Radio on Friday July 13, 2012 (27 minutes)