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...
By Lenore Skenazy

Read Time: 4 minutes

BIG STUDY: Parents WANT to Promote their Kids’ Independence…but Don’t

Most parents believe it’s important for kids to develop independence in their elementary school years by doing things “away from direct adult supervision,” according to a new survey by the...
By Lenore Skenazy

Read Time: 4 minutes

Over the Decades, As Kids’ Independence Declined, Their Anxiety Increased

This article in the Journal of Pediatrics -- Decline inIndependent Activity as a Cause of Decline in Children’s Mental Wellbeing: Summary ofthe Evidence -- has been getting a tsunami of...
By Lenore Skenazy

Read Time: 4 minutes

Stop Trailing Your Trick or Treaters by Car!

Today's timely Trick or Treating post comes to us from Dixie Dillon Lane, an American historian and mother of four enthusiastic trick-or-treaters. She is an associate editor for Hearth & Field. You...
By Lenore Skenazy

Read Time: 3 minutes

JOY: Abducted Girl is Found Safe! What This Means for Parents

Joy, amazement, gratitude – fantastic emotions are surging through a whole lot of us today, for Charlotte Sena, the 9-year-old abducted while riding her bike in upstate New York, has...
By Lenore Skenazy

Read Time: 2 minutes

Did Your School Change its Drop-Off/Pick-Up Process?

A Let Grow fan in Davenport, Iowa, wrote to say how shocked he was to discover that his old elementary school's dinky little drop-off lane had grown into a gigantic...
By Lenore Skenazy

Read Time: 4 minutes

Growing Up in Public

Obviously, technology that didn’t exist when most of us were kids is now an everyday part of childhood. That’s why we devoured “Growing Up in Public,” the brand new book...
By Lenore Skenazy

Read Time: 3 minutes

Let Grow and “Independence Therapy” in The New York Times: Hope for Anxious Kids

What if one of the big reasons kids are so anxious is simply this: They're micromanaged by adults? As we've often noted here, kids are increasingly in adult-run classes, clubs,...
By Lenore Skenazy

Read Time: 2 minutes

Teach Your Child to Look at Clouds. Um — What?

To be a kid today means to grow up in a culture constantly underestimating your creativity, resilience, gumption, and especially: your curiosity. The hallmark of our era is the mistaken...
By Lenore Skenazy

Read Time: 3 minutes

When Phones Came to My Camp

Readers -- We are working to create a list of camps (day camps and overnight) that do not allow phones. If you know of any, please write the camp name/city/state...