By Lenore Skenazy

Read Time: 2 minutes

A Boy Fell, An Adult Hurried Over. Too Bad.

When a boy fell from the monkey rings, his dad ran over to comfort him. Sometimes, that's too bad.
By Lenore Skenazy

Read Time: 3 minutes

Anxious College Students Are Eating Alone in their Rooms. Let Grow May Have a Solution

Today's college students are so anxious, 40% won't even eat in the dining hall. What has made their social anxiety to acute? Maybe growing up with too few chances to...
By Lenore Skenazy

Read Time: 4 minutes

How Overnight Camp Changes Kids

At overnight camp, kids get away from familiar friends, food, phones -- and us. That new independence makes magic happen.
By Lenore Skenazy

Read Time: 5 minutes

A List of Phone-Free Camps

Phone-free camps give kids a break from the rest of the year's drama -- and even loved ones -- affording them a chance to be in the present and grow.
By Lenore Skenazy

Read Time: 3 minutes

No Phones Allowed? My Kids Were Practically In Tears

School teacher Ezra Alexander started a Let Grow Play Club after school: Kids could play with anyone and do almost anything -- except their phones. At first, this made his...
By Lenore Skenazy

Read Time: 3 minutes

The Cure for America’s “Drastically Less Happy” Kids

Americans under age 30 are drastically less happy than older Americans, in part because they get so little chance to play on their own. But play is nature's anti-depressant.
By Lenore Skenazy

Read Time: 2 minutes

Jonathan Haidt: Schools Should Ban Phones, Give Kids The Let Grow Experience and Play Club

Jonathan Haidt says kids are depressed and anxious because we underprotect them in the virtual world and overprotect them in the real world.
By Lenore Skenazy

Read Time: 8 minutes

Surprise! Free Play is Safer than Sports or Hanging out at Home

This post is reprinted (and gently edited) from a surprising article on LinkedIn that showed that free play is safer than sports -- the adult-organized kind -- or even hanging...
By Lenore Skenazy

Read Time: 3 minutes

New Study Finds Intensive Parenting is Best…Or Does It?

Is it intensive parenting to text your young adult kids a few times a week and offer some advice on things like finances? The New York Times says yes. I...
By Lenore Skenazy

Read Time: 4 minutes

KIDS NEED MORE “RISKY PLAY” SAYS CANADIAN PEDIATRICS SOCIETY!

Kids need to climb trees, jump off things, and ride their bikes fast. Says who? Says the Canadian Paediatric Society, that's who. They may spell "pediatric" wrong, but they get...
By Lenore Skenazy

Read Time: 4 minutes

If You Curtail Your Kid’s Screen Time, What Can Fill the Void?

Today's post comes to us from Katherine Johnson Martinko, author of Childhood Unplugged: Practical Advice to Get Kids Off Screens and Find Balance (New Society Publishers, 2023). A Solution for...
By Lenore Skenazy

Read Time: 3 minutes

Resist the Pressure to Micromanage Halloween

What a phenomenal piece in today's New York Times by Jessica Grose, the former parenting editor there. She is begging parents to "Stop Micromanaging Halloween," a trend we've seen ever...