(with Lenore Skenazy, mom of 2, author, TV host on TLC) Lenore wanted to help her son grow as person. She believed in him. He was a smart 9 year old boy and one summer day in New York City, she and her husband made a parenting decision that would get her a lot of attention.
She let her 9 year-old boy ride the busy New York subway home by himself.
He was home 45 minutes later “ecstatic with independence”. She saw how much it helped him, so she wrote a column sharing their parenting decision & his new found confidence.
2 days later she was defending herself on the Today Show with the title ”America’s Worst Mom”- there were lots of reactions & criticisms (if you want to learn what that was all about, listen-in).
How do kids learn confidence? Do you baby your kids preventing them from flourishing? Would you have let your 9 year ride the NewYork subway?
Lenore coined the term “Free Range Kids” to describe a way of parenting that raises competent, safe & self-aware kids. She says we’re “fighting the belief that our children are in constant danger from creeps, kidnapping, germs, grades, flashers, frustration, failure, baby snatchers, bugs, bullies, men, sleepovers and/or the perils of a non-organic grape”.
Lenore gets right to the heart of the matter: fear. Why do we fear so much for our kids? Are we raising wimps? Lenore says instead of “Baby proofing the world, you need to world proof your baby.” Her insights & suggestions will challenge you. You’ll be glad you listened to this.
You’ll Also Learn:
- Why turning off the tv & filtering what you read will help you be a better parent & raise better kids.
- How the most important building blocks of childhood come from challenges, having to figure things out on your own & free play.
- Why looking back at joyful moments in your own childhood can be seriously beneficial in helping you move past your fears & raise more capable kids.
Who is Lenore Skenazy?
Lenore Skenazy is the mom of 2 kids and is the author of the book “Free-Range Kids: How to Raise Safe, Self-Reliant Children (without going nuts with worry)”. She’s a nationally syndicated columnist as well as a blogger at Free Range Kids. In addition Lenore is the host of Discovery/TLC International’s “World’s Worst Mom” television show. You can catch her show in Canada (which goes by the name “Bubble Wrap Kids”) on SLICE TV.
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