By Lenore Skenazy

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She Let Her 9-Year-Old Walk Across Central Park without An Adult

A nervous mom finally gave her son the freedom he wanted -- that she'd pretty much wanted for him, too. But it took a little push from me -- And...
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Librarian Tells Mom She Broke The Law By Letting Son Browse 6 Minutes in Children’s Room

Let Grow is working to pass a Reasonable Childhood Independence bill in Connecticut. We asked citizens there to write letters in support of it. Your jaw will drop as you...
By Lenore Skenazy

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The Easiest Rx for Kids’ Mental Health? More Independence: Journal of Pediatrics

An article about to be published in the the Journal of Pediatrics is titled, “Decline inIndependent Activity as a Cause of Decline in Children’s Mental Wellbeing: Summary ofthe Evidence." If...
By Lenore Skenazy

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To Fight Depression, Kids Need to Run Around, UNSUPERVISED

At last, it's not just us saying this! A study just published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that "Physical activity can help alleviate depressive symptoms in...
By Lenore Skenazy

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Flaco the Flying Metaphor!

Just one month ago, Flaco the owl was sprung from New York's Central Park Zoo. Until then the Eurasian Eagle Owl had lived a very safe and sleepy life in, basically,...
By Lenore Skenazy

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Library Warns “Police May Be Called” on Kids Under 15

It's hard to read, due to the glare, but this sign in a Corpus Christi, TX, library states: "Police may be called if a child under 15 is not accompanied...
By Lenore Skenazy

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The Childhoods of Geniuses

In a piece about how stone-cold geniuses like Tolstoy, Virginia Woolf, and physicist John von Neumann spent their childhoods (hint: lots of free time, and homeschooling, often also by geniuses),...
By Lenore Skenazy

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Why I’m Not Excited By That “Overprotected Kids Die Younger” Study

A very long study of about 1,000 British and Brazilian Boomers looked at whether their upbringing impacted their longevity. Among other things, the researchers found that folks who'd grown up...
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My Twins Didn’t Know Their Own Neighborhood

Ashley Scroggins is one of the two runner-up winners of the Let Grow Independence Challenge Essay Contest for Parents. We asked folks to tell us how they got up the...
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Mac & Cheese & Special Needs

Crystal Kupper is the Grand Prize winner in the first annual Let Grow Independence Challenge Parent Essay Contest. We asked parents to send us short essays about how they got...
By Lenore Skenazy

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Should I Worry About My Kids Wasting Time Over the Summer?

With the lazy, hazy days of you-know-what upon us officially starting today, should you worry about your kids goofing off? Being idle? Spending tons of time making sculptures out of...
By Julian Adorney

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I Grew Up Incredibly Anxious and Desperately Needed a Change

I was standing at the top of a water slide at Water World, trying to muster the courage to go down. But the tunnel looked dark and the slide looked...