Episode 24: Lenore Skenazy, “America’s Worst Mom” and Author of Free-Range Kids

Lenore Skenazy

You may know Lenore Skenazy as the woman who let her nine-year old son ride the subway alone, and was then the subject of much controversy, including this episode of the Today Show. She is now the host of the TV show, World’s Worst Mom and author of the book Free-Range Kids, where she advocates for letting kids be kids without so much pressure for every moment to be productive and enriched. Lenore and I had a lively conversation about why everyone’s so worried these days, opting out, and the benefits of truly free time. Lenore is also active on social media, and her blog and Twitter feed covers the ridiculous and scary ways in which our kids are being overprogrammed and overprotected.

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Please Speak Freely

On Please Speak Freely, Eric Gurna, founder of Development Without Limits interviews leading thinkers, artists and others to shed light on key issues and explore different perspectives about youth development and education. The idea is to get past the platitudes and institutional positions, and have honest, nuanced conversations about things that really matter to young people and communities. Please Speak Freely guests include:

  • Raffi, Children’s Troubadour and Founder of the Centre for Child Honouring
  • Alfie Kohn, Author of several books including Punished By Rewards and The Schools Our Children Deserve
  • Dr. Pedro Noguera, Professor of Education at New York University
  • Karen Pittman, President & CEO of the Forum for Youth Investment
  • Tony Smith, Former Superintendent of the Oakland Unified School District
  • Lenore Skenazy, “America’s Worst Mom” and Author of Free-Range Kids

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