It is getting harder and harder to give kids the one thing their minds and bodies really need: Free time — play time. Without it, they wither. Let Grow has an easy way to give it back.
When Noblesville, Indiana, cops got a call about kids sledding dangerously, they went out to investigate. Boy did they ever! See the video here!
The Ben Barber Innovation Academy in Mansfield, TX, came up with a great, clever, win/win way to get high school kids doing something that is engaging and formative: RUN THE SCHOOL CAFETERIA! As a restaurant! Read about it here at Let Grow — and maybe have your school try it!
Come read the legal waiver a Chicago couple had to sign before their local therapy office would let their child, age 8, walk ONE BLOCK home alone. It’s here at Let Grow! Photo courtesy of howtostartablogonline.net/legal.
When we are forced to treat our kids as if they are in danger and incompetent, we are — against our will– infantilizing them. This is done in the name of “safety.” But are kids safer when they are anxious and believe the world is too much for them? Join the conversation here at Let […]
A young man writes to tell us — and the world. Basically, it feels like you’re trapped, distrusted and infantilized. Read his words!
You might not be ready to let your 4-year-old go out and meet the world, but developmentally, they’re ready to do just that, writes Let Grow co-founder Peter Gray, here. In earlier eras, they started crossing the street at that age, and playing outside with their friends. It’s not ancient history!
Can a kid, almost 10, work as a “mother’s helper” for a few hours a week, doing stuff like folding clothes or feeding a baby? One homeschooling mom was excited to let her responsible child start doing this. She placed a local ad. Neighbors called the cops. If you’d like to join the conversation, it’s […]
The New York Times article on the relentless demands on parents drew over 1400 comments. The Times then printed 4 letters in its print edition — including one from us! Read it here, along with more wisdom on turning the tide on helicopter parenting.
If the expectation is for moms to breastfeed exclusively, make their own baby food and always be playing with, reading to, or watching their kids, something is wrong. Not with those activities, with the expectation. Discuss! (Here, at Let Grow.) . . Photo from Unsplash by Oleg Sergeichik@kpebedko_o.