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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 - 03/16/2020 - 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 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 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 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 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 Jonathan Hodge - 01/28/2020 - 11 minute read
P.E. class doesn't have to be regimented and structured. Learn how this P.E. teacher used free play to transform his classes.
By Stacy Tornio - 01/24/2020 - 6 minute read
These overly cautious and really funny signs will have you thinking twice before you go out in public again. You better watch out!
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 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 Holly Korbey - 12/29/2019 - 7 minute read
Learn about LiiNK, the school recess program that is reshaping the way some schools view recess and unstructured play for the better.
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 Kate Sundquist - 12/09/2019 - 10 minute read
This mom has seen recess shrink at her son's school, and she believes movements breaks should never be a substitution for recess.
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 …