Free-Range Kids How Parents and Teachers Can Let Go and Let Grow

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2021-06-16
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass

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Learn to raise independent, can-do kids with a new edition of the book that started a movement

In the newly revised and expanded Second Edition of Free-Range Kids, New York columnist-turned-movement leader Lenore Skenazy delivers a compelling and entertaining look at how we got so worried about everything our kids do, see, eat, read, wear, watch and lick -- and how to bid a whole lot of that anxiety goodbye. With real-world examples, advice, and a gimlet-eyed look at the way our culture forces fear down our throats,  Skenazy describes how parents and educators can step back so kids step up. Positive change is faster, easier and a lot more fun than you’d believe. This is the book that has helped millions of American parents feel brave and optimistic again – and the same goes for their kids.

Using research, humor, and feisty common sense, the book shows:

  • How parents can reject the media message, “Your child is in horrible danger!”
  • How schools can give students more independence -- and what happens when they do. (Hint: Teachers love it.)
  • How everyone can relax and successfully navigate a judge-y world filled with way too many warnings, scolds and brand new fears

Perfect for parents and guardians of children of all ages, Free-Range Kids will also earn a place in the libraries of K-12  educators who want their students to blossom with newfound confidence and cheer.

Author Biography

Lenore Skenazy (New York, NY), a journalist by trade, spent 14 years at the New York Daily News as a reporter-turned-opinion columnist, and two more at The New York Sun. In 2008, after her column "Why I Let My 9 Year Old Ride the Subway Alone" landed her on several national talk shows from The Today Show to Dr. Phil, Lenore founded the book and blog Free-Range Kids. In addition to her own reality TV show, World's Worst Mom, Lenore has lectured internationally from Microsoft to DreamWorks to the Sydney Opera House, and has been profiled everywhere from The New York Times to The New Yorker. She also founded the nonprofit organization Let Grow with the goal of turning agreement into action, making it easy and normal to give kids the same kid of freedom older generations had growing up. Lenore received her B.A. from Yale and her master’s degree from Columbia.

Table of Contents

Foreword xi

Introduction to the Introduction xv

The Actual Introduction Already xvii

1 Know When to Worry 1

Play Dates and Axe Murderers: How to Tell The Difference

2 Turn off the News 11

Go Easy On The Law and Order, Too

3 Avoid Experts 23

Who Knew You Were Doing Everything Wrong? . . . .


4 Boycott Baby Knee Pads 35

And the Rest of the Kiddie Safety-Industrial Complex

5 Don’t Think Like a Lawyer 47

Some Risks Are Worth It

6 Ignore the Blamers 57

They Don’t Know Your Kid Like You Do

7 Eat Chocolate 69

Give Halloween Back to the Trick-or-Treaters

8 Study History 81

Your Ten-Year-Old Would Have Been Forging Horseshoes

(or at Least Delivering Papers)

9 Be Worldly 95

Why Other Countries Are Laughing at Zee Scaredy-Cat


10 Get Braver 107

Quit Trying to Control Everything. It Doesn’t Work


11 Relax 121

Not Every Little Thing You Do Has That Much Impact

On Your Child’s Development

12 Fail! 133

Easy! Educational! Fun!

13 Lock Them Out 145

Make Them Play—Or Else!

14 Listen to Your Kids 157

They Don’t Want to Be Treated Like Babies

(Unless They Are Still Crawling, Etc.)

15 Take the Long View 167

Wasting Time Is Not a Waste Of Time

16 Trust Strangers 179

Even the Folks Who Put the Faces on the Milk Cartons

Aren’t Too Worried

17 De-Fang Anxiety 191

Independence Is the New Prozac

18 Embrace (Some) Tech 207

We All Scream for iScreens

Calling All Educators 223

Conclusion 243

Acknowledgments 249

Sources 251

About the Author 263

Resources and Connecting 265

The Free-Range Kids Card 267

Index 269

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