World’s Worst Mom: Lenore Skenazy

Lenore Skenazy is the World’s Worst Mom

When Lenore Skenazy published her newspaper column “Why I Let My 9-Year-Old Ride the Subway Alone she was quickly labeled the “World’s Worst Mom.”  She explains it best in this snippet. Lenore suggests that “over-protectiveness is a danger in and of itself. A child who thinks he can’t do anything on his own eventually can’t.”

Lenore published Free-Range Kids, a book that launched a movement. Free-range parenting urges parents to give their children independence, let them have adventures, and learn to solve problems for themselves. Lenore recognizes that as a parent, there is an innate need to protect children, but over-protecting them can be harmful. Step back so kids can step up, Lenore’s non-profit Let Grow urges. In the long term, parents are looking to launch their kids into a life of independence, resilience, and resourcefulness.

You can learn more about Lenore Skenazy and her work by visiting Let Grow‘s website, Free-Range Kids‘ website with blog posts by Lenore, and by watching World’s Worst Mom, Lenore’s reality TV series similar to Supernanny with episodes such as “20-Year Old Not Allowed On The Public Transport,” “Mum Doesn’t Let Her 10-Year-Old Eat By Himself,” and “9-Year-Old Can’t Go Anywhere Without His Mother.”

Listen and laugh with Lenore Skenazy speak on Wednesday, September 14th, at Saxe Auditorium. Learn more about the program and registration here.