Southern Gazette 21 September 2010 edit.

Southern Gazette

Dad’s book a labour of love

September 21, 2010 

page 11.

The Southern Gazette is a community paper for the South Perth area. Click on the image to read in full.

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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 conversation between David and Isabella on our dangerous world. Click on the image to read it enlarged. Or, read it 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?”

Isabella: “Yeah.”

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.”

Radio interviews


David was interviewed by ABC720 Perth’s James Lush on Breakfast 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


BreakfastJames Lush
00:00 / 10:42


David was interviewed by ABC702 Sydney’s James Valentine on 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.

AfternoonsJames Valentine
00:00 / 17:20


David was interviewed by Richard Fidler on Conversations on ABC Radio on July 13, 2012

ConversationsRichard Fidler
00:00 / 25:57

Links and Resources

’Offline and left to their own devices: Kids and taking a break from their numerous gadgets’ View

Goldie Hawn on mindfulness
Actress Golden Hawn speaks with Richard Aedy on ABC RadioNational’s Life Matters October 13, 2011





Tessa Livingstone. Lots of good things to read here. If you’re a little short on time try the articles link. View


’More Dads at home will change the world’ by Griffin Longley The West Australian February 17, 2012 View

Life Matters, RNGoldie Hawn
00:00 / 17:34

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