ADHD & Letting Grow with "World's Worst Mom", Lenore Skenazy
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Hey gang! This week we’re getting to visit with my ol’friend Lenore! Lenore Skenazy is president of the new non-profit Let Grow, dedicated to “Future-Proofing Our Kids and Our Country.”
Ten years ago, after her column “Why I Let My 9 Year Old Ride the Subway Alone” landed her on every talk show from The Today Show to Dr. Phil, Skenazy founded the book and blog “Free-Range Kids,” which launched the anti-helicopter parenting movement. Her main point? Our kids are NOT in constant danger. Give them a little more freedom and everyone wins.
Now she lectures internationally, from Microsoft to Dreamworks to the Sydney Opera House, and has been profiled everywhere from The New York Times to The New Yorker. And here she is on The Daily Show! A journalist herself, Lenore has written for everyone from The Wall Street Journal to Mad Magazine. Yep. Mad. Her reality show “World’s Worst Mom,” airs on Discovery Life (from time to time, late at night, in re-runs).
A graduate of Yale and Columbia, she lives in New York City with her husband and beloved computer. Her sons have (safely) flown the coop.
In this episode, Peter and Lenore discuss:
3:05- “Why I Let My 9 Year Old Ride the Subway Alone” / “World’s Worst Mom”
4:05- So, how did this chapter start for you Lenore?
4:30- “Free-Range Kids” blog. Remembering seminal moments of being a kid.
6:00- Did you know I sliced my finger off once when I was a kid?
6:20- Parenting dilemmas, the importance of teachable moments & “SugarBombs”.. in the year 2018.
8:48- Children’s physical environments and the freedom to learn.
10:22- Walking home after school in NYC, circa 1970’s.
11:04- When IS the safest time to be a kid?
11:30- Fear and the consumption of Tech.
12:38- The Let Grow Project is trying to figure out how to make a real world change for parent’s & kids.
13:27- Micro-initiative number 1. Begin to return to normal childhood activities.
14:25- A few experiences & quotes from folks who have been taking part in the Let Grow project.
15:40- Micro-initiative number 2. Free play at school, after school.
16:40- Identifying with the concepts of the Let Grow project and how I stay focused daily, without using meds. (Just in case you didn’t already know).
17:10- Reach out to Lenore@LetGrow.org
17:54- Thank you Lenore!!
18:14 Faster Than Normal Podcast contact info and credits.