After her newspaper column “Why I Let My 9-Year-Old Ride the Subway Alone” landed her on NPR, Fox News and everywhere in between, Lenore went on to write Free-Range Kids, the book-turned-movement. She has been profiled in The New Yorker, hosted the reality show, “World’s Worst Mom,” and has lectured everywhere from Disney to Microsoft to schools across the country — and the Bulgarian Happiness Festival. It was Lenore who created the annual “Take Our Children to the Park…And Leave Them There Day.” She is obsessive about The Let Grow Project, which she predicts will one day be in every school just like P.E. — but without the humiliating uniforms.
Once called the “conscience of the child welfare system” — by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services Director she sued — Diane has been a child and family advocate since she graduated from Stanford Law in 1979. She has litigated dozens of major cases, led non-profits, taught at the University of Chicago Law School, and helped forge national and state coalitions that protect the rights of families to raise their kids, including United Family Advocates. Diane has been a Let Grow mom ever since her son successfully blocked her from helping him with his Cub Scout Pinewood Derby — and he went on to win the Best Car award!
Daniel is the former long-term Chairman of the Board of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), the pre-eminent nonprofit dedicated to defending free speech on Campus. He is also fund manager at MSD Partners, L.P., a New York-based investment firm. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Daniel has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and The Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy. He lives in New York City with his wife and two children.
Samantha is a New York based positive psychiatrist, professor at Weill Cornell Medical College, and author of Everyday Vitality. She received a B.A. from Harvard University, an M.D. from Cornell University Medical College, completed a 4-year residency program in Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College, and earned an additional Master’s degree in Applied Positive Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the founder of Positive Prescription, sharing practical and achievable strategies for life-enhancement and resilience-building, and offering her take on why they matter. She is a frequent contributor to Psychology Today, The Wall Street Journal, and Thrive Global, and a guest on the Today Show and Good Day New York.
Peter Gray is a Research Prof. of Psychology at Boston College. He is author of the textbook Psychology, now in its 8th edition, and Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life. His past research had to do with basic mammalian motivational mechanisms. His current research is on the social-emotional importance of mixed-age play.
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