Rhetorical Analysis: Free-Range Kids

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“Free-Range Kids,” offers the controversial perspective of the ‘free-range’ parenting philosophy, telling readers that “children deserve parents who love them, teach them, trust them—and then let go of the handlebars”. Similarly, the speech given by Julie Lythcott-Haim, “How to raise successful kids without over-parenting” offers the perspective directly opposing the belief that “kids can’t be successful unless parents are protecting and preventing at every turn”. The two texts offer similar perspectives, but utilise different generic conventions.
Skenazy utilizes persuasive techniques such as anecdotal evidence, statistics and expert opinion to endorse the ‘free-range’ technique and add a level of validity. She uses satire to criticise parents,

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