By Mike Yates - 11/23/2020 - 12 minute read
We need to help students get out of the trap of performance. There are so many other great ways for them to measure success.
By Let Grow Staff - 11/06/2020 - 8 minute read
Let Grow is featured in the recent documentary, Chasing Childhood. This Q&A with one of the directors looks at how childhood has changed over time.
By Elizabeth Peyton - 11/05/2020 - 8 minute read
When this English teacher found out her son was failing English, she had to make a decision. Does she get involved or let him figure it out on his own?
By Stacy Tornio - 10/29/2020 - 3 minute read
Virtual learning shouldn't involve a lot of adult intervention. For the most part, you want to be able to create a hands-off learning environment where …
By Liz Russell - 10/22/2020 - 17 minute read
In a time of uncertainty, we can still do our part to support teachers. Take a look at what it's like teaching in COVID and what parents can do to help.
By Stacy Tornio - 10/19/2020 - 7 minute read
I used to be one of those super enthusiastic sports parents. Instead of dropping my child off for practice like my mom did when I …
By Stacy Tornio - 10/09/2020 - 5 minute read
It's peak leaf season right now, so it's the perfect time for kids to head outside and gather the prettiest and most colorful leaves they …
By Michael Peyton - 09/30/2020 - 9 minute read
A while back, I had a coworker who constantly clipped his fingernails in the cubicle next to mine. I don’t work in one of those …
By Elizabeth Peyton - 09/25/2020 - 8 minute read
We shouldn't overlook the importance and value of banned books. See why this English teacher encourages her students and kids to read banned books.
By Holly Korbey - 09/22/2020 - 12 minute read
Learn how to encourage independent thinking in young people by helping them find and share their voice in a responsible way.
By Stacy Tornio - 09/18/2020 - 4 minute read
When it comes to questions like, "Is my child old enough to _____________?" it's often a judgment call. At times, it seems like it would …
By Elizabeth Peyton - 09/15/2020 - 11 minute read
I was a straight-A student. I was the girl who always did my homework, always broke the curve, always went above and beyond. As my …
By Katy Anderson - 09/11/2020 - 7 minute read
Just because a kid gets hurt doesn't mean their parents were neglectful. Let's stop asking, "Where were the parents?" as a way to blame others.
By Stacy Tornio - 09/10/2020 - 5 minute read
When you grow microgreens, you can get results in just a couple of weeks! Learn why this is the perfect gardening project for kids.
By Jodi Maurici - 09/10/2020 - 16 minute read
The day our children are born is quite possibly one of the happiest days of our lives. We vow to protect them and keep them …
By Let Grow Staff - 09/09/2020 - 6 minute read
Let Grow’s president, Lenore Skenazy, was on Dax Shepard’s podcast, Armchair Expert, recently. And we learned a lot of great things about his parenting style. …
By Let Grow Staff - 09/01/2020 - 4 minute read
The Let Grow podcast is here. Supervision Not Required is a podcast featuring our president, Lenore Skenazy. She tackles topics like the importance of play, …
By Let Grow Staff - 09/01/2020 - 2 minute read
Check out our cardboard contest winners. Our team voted (it was tough!) and these are the top cardboard creations that came out on top.
By Stacy Tornio - 08/26/2020 - 4 minute read
Montana gives his best tips on how to take care of chickens with things he earned while raising his own flock in the Pacific Northwest.
By Amber Roshay - 08/19/2020 - 8 minute read
Some days you don't have to decide between doing a science experiment and making a snack—you can do both at the same time! My kids …
By Mike Yates - 08/10/2020 - 9 minute read
Before you judge other parents, try giving them the benefit of the doubt. Parenting has its own set of challenges, and everyone handles things differently.
By Stacy Tornio - 08/06/2020 - 4 minute read
When you learn how to grow air plants with this easy project, you'll see that it's an easy gardening project for adults and kids.
By Let Grow Staff - 07/31/2020 - 1 minute read
The summer cardboard challenge is here! Kids who create something out of cardboard will have the chance to win the top prize of $500!
By Katy Anderson - 07/29/2020 - 7 minute read
With the baby of the family, how much does birth order come into play? Take a look at what this mom learned after she realized she was babying her youngest.
By Amber Gibson - 07/16/2020 - 6 minute read
Growing mushrooms has been a successful business plan for 12-year-old, Te'Lario. Learn how he started a successful mushroom farm in his basement.
By Tracy Tomasso - 07/15/2020 - 8 minute read
Learning how to tie dye has truly withstood the test of time. This DIY project is great for kids of all ages and is a great lesson in patience and failure.
By Stacy Tornio - 07/09/2020 - 6 minute read
This DIY fairy garden is easy for kids to do on their own. You just need a birdbath, plants, and DIY fairy furniture you make out of sticks.
By Erica Higgs - 07/02/2020 - 5 minute read
Abby has been hiking since 18 months, and she'll soon hit 500 miles. See how this hiking challenge has brought her confidence and independence.
By Jill Staake - 06/30/2020 - 28 minute read
Once upon a time, backyard games for kids were everywhere. Kids roamed their neighborhoods throughout the day and joined up to play all sorts of …
By Lenore Skenazy - 06/29/2020 - 4 minute read
It might seem like kids have a lot of wasted time and do nothing, but it's actually important for kids to have down time.
By Katy Anderson - 06/18/2020 - 7 minute read
Our family (like others throughout the world) has been spending a lot of time together for the last several weeks. At first, it felt relatively …
By Jill Staake - 06/05/2020 - 8 minute read
If you and your family love the great outdoors, or if you're looking for ways to get your kids interested in the flora and fauna …
By Stacy Tornio - 05/29/2020 - 8 minute read
Gardening is good for the soul. Going outside and digging in the dirt has the potential to benefit you in so many ways, including helping …
By Tracy Tomasso - 05/26/2020 - 7 minute read
“Mom!” I heard my 5-year-old daughter yell from somewhere else in the house. I was in my home office, participating in a team meeting on …
By Let Grow Staff - 05/22/2020 - 5 minute read
We know kids are awesome, amazing, and astonishingly capable. Yet, the entries in the Let Grow Independence Challenge still impressed and surprised us. Through essay, …
By Let Grow Staff - 05/21/2020 - 2 minute read
Sheltering in place has been a challenging time for many families. So many people have had to figure out new ways to do things, leading …
By Let Grow Staff - 05/19/2020 - 1 minute read
Sewing skills aren't just a thing of the past. Not only do kids who try sewing learn a valuable skill that they'll be able to …
By Let Grow Staff - 05/19/2020 - 1 minute read
The kitchen is a great place for kids to practice being independent. It doesn't matter whether it's learning to make scrambled eggs or mastering eggs …
By Amy Lynn - 05/12/2020 - 10 minute read
The Milwaukee River runs through this mom's backyard. Read about what she's learned by allowing her 6-year-old daughter to play outside alone.
By Stacy Tornio - 05/07/2020 - 2 minute read
Naturally, parents feel the urge to help their kids. They want to step in, offer support, and even fix things that don't go according to …
By Jill Staake - 05/05/2020 - 8 minute read
It seems like those little silica gel packets come with just about everything you buy these days: medications, electronics, clothing, and more. They always have …
By Anam Ahmed - 04/24/2020 - 9 minute read
When I was pregnant with our first daughter, my husband rubbed my belly and whispered, “I can’t wait for the time of playing with LEGOs …
By Stefanie Wilder-Taylor - 04/15/2020 - 8 minute read
Like many moms these days, I could probably be a lot less involved in my kids’ friendships. Have you heard of lawnmower parenting (aka snowplow …
By Liz Russell - 04/10/2020 - 7 minute read
I've been spending a lot of time at home lately, and it’s made me acutely aware of all the things living in this space with …
By Stacy Tornio - 04/03/2020 - 9 minute read
“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.” This famous quote by Audrey Hepburn is resonating with people around the world right now. While …
By Katy Anderson - 04/03/2020 - 8 minute read
During this time of social distancing, it is not difficult to find loads of articles offering advice on a schedule for kids or how to …
By Rachael Liska - 04/02/2020 - 12 minute read
The overly scheduled, busy family was the norm for so many of us. But maybe this an opportunity to make important changes.
By Amber Roshay - 04/01/2020 - 8 minute read
If you need one more reason to get your kids outside to play, soil microbes may be the extra nudge you need. Hidden inside the …
By Stacy Tornio - 03/30/2020 - 3 minute read
When Ryan Hickman was 3 years old, his dad took him to the local recycling center. They live in California, which offers incentives for turning …
By Katy Anderson - 03/24/2020 - 8 minute read
Learn the value of loose parts play when you just let your kids go and figure it out on their own. All they need in a few parts to get started.
By Irshad Manji - 03/19/2020 - 7 minute read
When you face fear and uncertainty, it's a good opportunity to practice moral courage. Learn why this is a great focus while kids are out of school.
By Lenore Skenazy - 03/18/2020 - 8 minute read
Are you trying to figure out how to entertain kids? Get Lenore Skenazy's advice. Plus, learn why it's not actually your job to entertain them.
By Katy Anderson - 03/17/2020 - 6 minute read
Social distancing is important right now, but it can leave many with feelings of anxiety and depression. One way to help is by going outside.
By Let Grow Staff - 03/16/2020 - 7 minute read
Playing board games helps reduce stress and encourage social-emotional learning. Take a look at some of the best board games chosen by Let Grow staff.
By Kevin Stinehart - 03/12/2020 - 9 minute read
When you start googling out of fear, it's not likely to end well. This dad has great advice when it comes to googling fears—just don't.
By Katy Anderson - 03/10/2020 - 7 minute read
When this mom couldn't get her boys to stop roughhousing and wrestling, she decided to change her approach. All she needed was a few ground rules.
By Laurie Ulster - 02/27/2020 - 10 minute read
Parenting is hard, epecially when you have one kid that is independent while another one wants everything done for them. Here's one mom's story and advice.
By Kate Sundquist - 02/26/2020 - 10 minute read
When our kids get hurt, our instinct is to shelter them so that it won’t happen again. But are there other ways to safeguard kids against injury? The research says there are, and they’re easier than we thought.
By Crystal Rennicke - 02/19/2020 - 9 minute read
Monday nights are chaotic for our family. My daughter has band rehearsal, my son has baseball practice, and, like me, the baby is tired of …
By Stacy Tornio - 02/14/2020 - 10 minute read
Teen phone monitoring is never a good idea when it's mostly for a parent's curiosity. Let's give teens some privacy back.
By Stacy Tornio - 02/12/2020 - 4 minute read
Roman's Cooking Corner shows the magic that can happen when you let kids be kids. This toddler reminds us that messy can be a good thing.
By Michele Hollow - 02/05/2020 - 8 minute read
Our special needs kids are capable of achieving. We should create expectations that encourage them to embrace struggle and overcome challenges.
By Lizzie Heiselt - 02/03/2020 - 9 minute read
Community building doesn't have to be overly involved or complicated. Yet, it's so powerful in creating a strong neighborhood and independent kids.
By Let Grow Staff - 01/31/2020 - 2 minute read
You'll have instant access to cake with this mug cake recipe. Kids cake make this recipe completely on their own, and it came from 9-year-old, Lauren.
By Amber Roshay - 01/28/2020 - 13 minute read
Is it really child neglect or is a parent with a crying toddler? Learn about this mom's story.
By Michele Hollow - 01/16/2020 - 9 minute read
Do your special needs kids have kitchen skills? Learn how to support special needs in the kitchen to encourage independent kids.
By Stacy Tornio - 01/08/2020 - 5 minute read
Jonah Larson is a crochet prodigy. Learn how this boy taught himself how to crochet at only 5 and how he's making his own YouTube tutorials now.
By Sara Coughlin - 01/06/2020 - 7 minute read
If you think your child gets sleep anxiety when it comes to sleepovers, then there are things you can do to help them feel better. Take a look.
By Kate Sundquist - 01/02/2020 - 10 minute read
This is probably a phrase you say on a regular basis without even realizing it, but it doesn't support raising confident kids. Are you guilty?
By Liz Russell - 12/23/2019 - 8 minute read
As adults who were formerly children, we know the magic of childhood lies in its minimal responsibilities and abundance of free time. No doubt our …