By Let Grow

Read Time: 4 minutes

Strict Parenting? Gentle Parenting? Ellen Galinsky’s “Autonomy-Support” Alternative

Teens need two things -- some autonomy and some support. Put them together and you get autonomy-supportive parenting, which Ellen Galinsky examines and ultimately recommends in her new book, "The...
By Let Grow

Read Time: 3 minutes

Hope for The Anxious Generation!

After hearing Jon Haidt discuss "The Anxious Generation," Larissa asked her 5th grader if she'd like to walk home unsupervised for the first time. And that's when everything changed!
By Let Grow

Read Time: 4 minutes

The College Essay of Extraordinary Finn Fox (RIP)

Finn Fox died before he could start college. His parents are sharing his college essay to encourage more childhood independence and adventure.
By Let Grow

Read Time: 4 minutes

How to Get Kids to GO Outside and PLAY Outside

It can be hard to get kids to go outside and play outside, but we've got a few can't-fail tips for parents who want their kids to play more!
By Let Grow

Read Time: 1 minute

Constant Supervision is Making Kids Depressed

Simply put: Constant supervision is making kids depressed and anxious.
By Let Grow

Read Time: 4 minutes

How to Make Your Teen into a Capable Young Adult

Want to make your teen into a capable young adult? Who doesn't! The key may lie in remembering that teens have always BEEN capable young adults, ready to pitch in....
By Let Grow

Read Time: 9 minutes

Can YOUR Kids Play Outside for FIVE HOURS?

This absorbing, longer-than-usual, and perhaps envy-inducing essay was originally published on Terms of Endearment, a newsletter by Sarah Menkedick about motherhood, travel, art, home education, Mexico, and living a more...
By Let Grow

Read Time: 4 minutes

Let Kids, 12 & 9, Stay in Hotel Room Alone?

Wow -- there are 101 responses and counting to this question on our Raising Independent Kids Facebook group. A mom named Michelle asks: Question about leaving kids alone at a...
By Let Grow

Read Time: 2 minutes

Darkness at Noon: Schools Will Close for Solar Eclipse

Even as the Canadian Paediatric Society just declared we have to stop overprotecting kids, take a look (but not directly!) at what's happening in Toronto. This is one of several...
By Let Grow

Read Time: 3 minutes

My Son Goes to the Grocery Alone and Bakes a Lot. He’s 11 and On The Spectrum.

We love independence stories! This one comes from Adriane Thompson in Surprise, Arizona. ("Where do you live?" "Surprise, Arizona." "I'm not that surprised.") Adriane works for a company that helps...
By Let Grow

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Isadora Duncan on Why Kids Need Unsupervised Time

You might not know her name, but her influence is clear in today's dance scene, especially in popular shows like Dancing with the Stars. Isadora Duncan is known as the...
By Let Grow

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Charles Brewer’s Quest to Save Play — By Banning Cars

Kids running around and playing outside till the streetlights came on. That was Charles Brewer’s childhood -- and dream. To make it happen in modern day America, the entrepreneur developed...