We are thrilled to be featured in the Wall Street Journal’s Saturday Essay this weekend, in an important piece titled “The Overprotected American Child.”
Hello to all you WSJ readers, if that’s what brought you here! Glad you have found Let Grow, where our goal is to make it normal and easy to give kids some independence. We believe that the freedom to explore, screw up, figure things out, screw up again and finally triumph is the key to resilience. In other words:
Always helping kids isn’t always helping them.
If you’d like to give your kids some more freedom, but don’t know anyone nearby doing this, too, please join Let Grow. (It’s free!) You will be able to find Let Grow friends by ZIP Code and then you can send your kids out together.
You’ll also get updates on what we’re doing, and be able to post on our Forums page to talk about things like, “What age did you let your kids walk to school?” and “How do you deal with a less ‘Free-Range’ spouse?”
And why not get your school to encourage kids’ independence?
Here’s how to do the Let Grow Project (teachers tell kids to go home and do ONE THING on their own), and the Let Grow Play Club (schools stay open for before- or after-school free play). If your school wants to talk about any of this, just drop me a line: Lenore@LetGrow.org .
Your community can encourage kids out and about, too. Have it pass the Let Grow Proclamation: “Our kids have the right to some unsupervised time, and we have the right to give it to them without getting arrested.” A town with kids riding their bikes and playing at the park is a town where people love to live!
As for the impact of overprotection on kids, our latest video might interest you. It’s about the link between freedom in childhood and embracing freedom, including free speech, in adulthood.
Finally, if you want to make a donation, please do!
Let Grow’s goal is simple: We are “future-proofing our kids and our country” by raising children who are competent, confident and able to deal with whatever comes next. Happy to be in this movement with you! – Lenore