Let Grow is leading the movement for childhood independence.
We believe today’s kids are smarter and stronger than our culture gives them credit for.
We reject the idea that they are in constant physical, emotional or psychological danger from creeps, kidnapping, frustration, failure, baby snatchers, bad grades, disappointing playdates and/or the perils of a non-organic grape.
Somehow our culture has become obsessed with kids’ fragility and lost sight of their innate resilience. This concern grew out of good intentions! But treating kids as fragile is making them so. In fact, kids are “anti-fragile” — built not just to withstand some challenges, but to grow stronger once they do.
As Let Grow Co-founder Prof. Peter Gray explains:
“Children who have more opportunities than others for independent activities are not only happier in the short run, because the activities engender happiness and a sense of trustworthiness and competence, but also happier in the long run, because independent activities promote the growth of mental capacities for coping effectively with life’s inevitable stressors.”
That’s why Let Grow is creating a new path for parents, schools, and America itself. Our programs, outreach, and thought leadership focus not just on explaining where our culture took a wrong turn, but on real-world ways to get our kids back to having some adventures, solving some problems, and blossoming.
We are making it easy, normal and legal to give kids the independence they need to grow into capable, confident, and happy adults.