Why Didn’t I Trust My 10-Year-Old to Ride Her Bike?

A girl's homework assignment jolts a mom out of her fears.

Amy is a suburban mom who didn’t think twice about how much she was watching and worrying about her daughter…until the girl flounced in with a strange homework assignment:

“Go home and do something new, on your own, without your parents.”

That’s The Let Grow Project. The implementation guide for teachers is here. An “at-home” version — The Let Grow Independence Kit — is here. Both are free.

Amy and her daughter talked about what independent things she could do. Then off the girl went to do them.

Who changed more — Amy or her daughter?

Good question. Here is Amy’s story: