As parents, we all want to raise kids who are resourceful, resilient and ready to succeed at school and beyond. But lately, thanks to a society that keeps coming up with new ways to frighten parents (ever watch the news?), we're holding our kids closer than ever.
How can we raise nimble problem-solvers if an adult is always right there, solving their problems first?
At Let Grow, we aim to restore childhood resilience by pushing back on overprotection. We know it's hard to buck the trends, so we are here to support you in gradually giving your child the kind of freedom and responsibility (and fun) you probably remember from your own childhood -- when the crime rate was actually higher. (We know it doesn't FEEL safer now, but it is. And not because we're helicoptering our kids. ALL violent crime is down, and we don't hover over adults.)
Community: Helping Let Grow families find each other nearby, so their kids can walk to school or play outside TOGETHER.
Contests: Giving Let Grow families encouragement and, from time to time, fun projects or ideas that help them (and everyone else) see how smart, safe and capable their kids can be.
The Let Grow Project: Getting schools to adopt the Let Grow Project, whereby kids come home and, with their parents' permission, do ONE THING that they feel ready to do that they haven't done yet, like walk the dog or make dinner.
The Free Play Project: Having schools adopt After-School Free Play, keeping the gym or playground open till dinner, with no organized activities, just kids learning how to make their own fun and develop the social skills and executive function it takes to keep a game going.