PTAN Podcast Episode 9: Free-Range Parenting in an Age of Fear

Free-Range Parenting in an Age of Fear

She was crowned the unwanted title of “World’s Worst Mom” when she decided to let her nine-year-old son ride the New York subway alone back in 2008. And while Lenore Skenazy was surprised by the reaction to what she felt was an important step towards independence for her son, she didn’t let the backlash stop her.

Seizing the opportunity to discuss her disdain for society’s increasingly protective stance as parents, Lenore founded Free Range Kids, a site that showcases the extreme lengths that we’ve gone to through “helicopter parenting.” A fierce advocate of free range parenting and unstructured play, Lenore is a frequent speaker on the subject in an effort to help all of us shed our fears of letting our kids be kids. In 2017, she co-founded the Let Grow project as the latest step in her quest to help parents and educators pull back the reins on helicopter parenting.

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