This week, Kaity & Adriane chat with Lenore Skenazy, author of "Free-Range Kids." You might have heard her called "America's Worst Mom." But don't let that moniker fool you! Lenore's journey from her kid's controversial subway ride to becoming a leading voice in child independence is nothing short of remarkable. In Episode 30 of The KindlED Podcast, we dive deep into the world of free-range parenting with the woman who started it all.
This episode also explores:
🔥 the importance of independence and autonomy in children
🔥 why allowing kids to engage in real-world tasks isn't just good; it's essential for their development
🔥 Let Grow's initiatives, including the intriguing 'Independence Therapy for Anxious Children'
🔥 the role of unstructured play in a child's development and success
🔥 how educators and parents can collaborate to foster environments that promote independence, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills
🔥 and so much more!
So, buckle up for an enlightening episode that challenges conventional parenting norms and lights the way to raising resilient, independent kids.
ABOUT THE GUEST:
After her newspaper column “Why I Let My 9-Year-Old Ride the Subway Alone” created a media firestorm, Lenore got the nickname “America’s Worst Mom.” (Google it!) She went on to write Free-Range Kids, the book-turned-movement. Lenore has lectured everywhere, from DreamWorks to Microsoft to Harvard Med School -- and the Bulgarian Happiness Festival! (For real.) On TV, you may have seen her on The Today Show, The Daily Show, or her own reality show, World’s Worst Mom. Now, Lenore is co-founder and president of Let Grow, the nonprofit promoting childhood independence and resilience. She lives in New York City with her husband and beloved computer. Her children are gainfully employed. (Phew!) And, for the record, she used to write for Mad Magazine. Yep -- Mad!!!