About a month ago, I had the pleasure of spending a few hours with Lenore Skenazy, the author of the blog, free-range kids. We had a great time chatting about homework, education, childhood, and being parents of “free-range kids.” Skenazy is not only full of common sense but has a great sense of humor. Her book, Free Range Kids: Giving Our Children the Freedom We Had Without Going Nuts with Worry, which just came out this month, is equally full of common sense and humor.
In case you’ve managed to miss the brouhaha about Skenazy, she holds the moniker “America’s Worst Mom” (google it and see), because she allowed her nine-year-old son to ride the New York City subway alone. While a lot of the media and a lot of parents thought she was careless and had put her son in grave danger, others applauded her for knowing her son’s capabilities, allowing him a little independence, and not giving in to over-hyped fears about dangers that don’t really exist.