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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Let Grow Staff - 07/10/2020 - 1 minute read
Get our Let Them Play Kit to encourage kids to do more free and unstructured play. It's a great resource for play groups, neighborhoods, schools, and more.
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 Let Grow Staff - 06/19/2020 - 1 minute read
This summer printable kit has lots of ideas for keeping kids busy and entertained...on their own. It comes with games, a challenge page, and more.
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 Let Grow Staff - 05/22/2020 - 2 minute read
"I'm bored!" As parents, we've all heard it—and probably more than once. Your child is bored, and somehow they've decided it's your responsibility to remedy …
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 Let Grow Staff - 04/22/2020 - 2 minute read
Encourage responsibility with these free chore chart printables. We have a poster, bookmark, and color-as-you-go option. Just print and go.
By Kate Sundquist - 04/21/2020 - 11 minute read
My kids are used to roaming the nearby streets. They are used to finding friends and wildly running through the common spaces of our neighborhood. …
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 Let Grow Staff - 04/13/2020 - 46 second read
We want to know how your kids are stepping up to be more independent right now. This is why we've created the Let Grow Independence …
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 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 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 Gary Karlson - 03/27/2020 - 10 minute read
We need to stop using the phrase soft skills and start calling them essential skills instead. Our kids need these skills to have a successful future.
By Seamus Condron - 03/24/2020 - 4 minute read
Check out these funny parenting tweets from parents taking on the role of teacher. At least they know how to laugh at these painful, awkward moments.
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 Let Grow Staff - 03/11/2020 - 6 minute read
The coronavirus is leading to panic in the United States and around the world. Take a look at what you can do now to calm down and stay rational.
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 Trevor Muir - 03/06/2020 - 8 minute read
The other day I was on a work trip in Los Angeles and had to traverse four different interstates, take 10 back roads, and skirt …
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 Let Grow Staff - 02/13/2020 - 1 minute read
Here at Let Grow, we are big supporters of kids exploring on their own. This is why we created the Let Grow Kid Card. This …
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 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 …
By Michele Hollow - 12/23/2019 - 9 minute read
Learn how to encourage independence and give kids more freedom in special needs parenting.
By Alex Frost - 12/20/2019 - 11 minute read
Build soft skills and find great teachable moments when you're in public with your little one. Here are seven great scenarios.
By Kate Sundquist - 12/19/2019 - 10 minute read
When you learn to dress for the weather, you can go outside any time of the year. Learn how this mom has been going outside every day for 3+ years!
By Noah Berlatsky - 12/16/2019 - 8 minute read
Should you limit screen time for your child or monitor their behavior? This dad believes you shouldn't. Learn why his teen has unlimited screen time.
By Stacy Tornio - 12/13/2019 - 9 minute read
Bring back the macaroni necklaces and kid-led gift ideas! When it comes to gift giving, kids should definitely be part of the process.
By Holly Korbey - 12/12/2019 - 12 minute read
What do you do when you want to let your child walk to school with their friends, but another mom keeps following them? See what this mom did.
By Lenore Skenazy - 07/26/2019 - 13 minute read
Alan Levinovitz is a professor of religion and science at James Madison University and the married dad of a 6-year-old who cuts her own tomatoes. …
By Lenore Skenazy - 06/16/2019 - 4 minute read
This fantastic TEDx Talk by evolutionary anthropologist Dorsa Amir is music to our ears at Let Grow. Amir studied a modern foraging society in the …
By Lenore Skenazy - 03/24/2019 - 2 minute read
If you're old enough, you'll remember this classic Bread-Milk-Butter Sesame Street video. It's been responsible for an awful lot of earworms over the years, so …
By Lenore Skenazy - 03/12/2019 - 14 minute read
When our kids were toddlers my husband vowed he was going to write a book, "How to Play with Your Kids Without Getting off the …
By Lenore Skenazy - 09/07/2018 - 4 minute read
Michael Hynes, superintendent of Patchogue-Medford Schools in Long Island, believes in the Let Grow Project. All seven elementary schools in his district participate, with incredible …
By Lenore Skenazy - 04/26/2018 - 5 minute read
It's a question I get all the time. "School pick up is such a pain. Why am I required to pick my kid up when …
By Lenore Skenazy - 03/20/2018 - 5 minute read
Ten years ago I wrote an article that sparked a media firestorm: "Why I Let My 9-Year-Old Ride the Subway Alone." The excitement led to …
By Lenore Skenazy - 12/03/2017 - 3 minute read
Ask today's grandparents how they got to school, and nearly all of them will tell you, "I walked." But by the time current parents were …