“Lenore had the crowd eating out of her hand!” – Amy Draves, visiting speaker manager, Microsoft, Redmond, WA

“…had the audience rolling in laughter.” – Gary E. Kaatz, President and CEO, Rockford Health System, Rockford, IL

“…had us doubled over laughing, sometimes at ourselves!” – mom at Wellesley Mothers Forum, Wellesley, MA

“Our audience was so engaged that afterward, they literally did not want to leave.” Katharine Carol, Director of the International Children’s Festival, Vancouver

“She may be the World’s Worst Mom, but she is also one of the World’s Best Speakers.” – Michael Simpson, Head of Lower School, Greenhill School, Dallas

“One of the most talked about lectures of the semester.” – Sandra Bishop, Assistant Director, Yale Child Study Center

“She dazzled the audience.” – Jeff Skier, Vice President, AMSkier Insurance

“Extremely enlightening and pretty darn hilarious.” – Parents Association, United Nations International School, New York City

“Lenore made an indelible impact on our parents. While at first they flinched at the idea of ‘Free-Range Kids,’ by the end they could imagine letting go of their child’s hand and feeling safe.” – Matt Allio, Director, Walden School, Pasadena

“Few audiences understand the overwrought anxiety that plagues modern childhood better than today’s college students. Lenore had them laughing to the point of tears. Her message is as badly needed on campus as it is in K-12.” – Greg Lukianoff, President, Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE)

“…captivated an audience of parents and educators for well over an hour at the end of a busy day.” Bessie Speers, Head of the Ethel Walker School, Simsbury, CT

“Just like Tina Fey!” – Wheeler Centre, Melbourne, Australia

“Created a media frenzy.” – Anne Mossop, special events coordinator, Sydney Opera House

“Government reps, corporate executives and road safety professionals — everyone wanted to hear more from ‘America’s Worst Mom.'” – Sylvia Carrascosa, conference coordinator, Audi

“One of the most useful and entertaining talks we’ve had in the 12 years I’ve been principal. Funny yet utterly persuasive, thanks the data and analogies she used. Our parents loved the talk and left impressed by how much they’d learned — and laughed.” – David Getz, Principal, East Side Middle School, Manhattan  

“Thanks for making me laugh out loud.” Holly Farmer, PTA President, Graland Country Day School, Denver

Here she is in the second largest room in Europe:

“Lenore’s speech was fantastic. Mind-blowing!”
Andrea Weninger, Program Director Velo-city Vienna 2013
Skenazy in Vienna, 2013

Skenazy in Vienna, 2013



Lenore Skenazy is “America’s Worst Mom.” (Google it!)

The New York City columnist-turned-reality TV show host got that title after letting her 9-year-old son take the subway, alone. In response to the enormous media blowback, she founded the book and blog, “Free-Range Kids,” which launched the anti-helicopter parenting movement.

Her feisty belief that our kids are safer and smarter than our culture gives them credit for has landed her on talk shows from The Daily Show to to Dr. Phil to The View, The Today Show, NPR, Good Morning America, Nightline, ABC World News Tonight, CBS Early Show, CNN, FoxNews, Anderson Cooper, the BBC, CTV and CBC.

She has lectured internationally, including talks at Microsoft Headquarters and the Sydney Opera House, and has written for everyone from The Wall Street Journal to Mad Magazine. Yep. The Mad Magazine. And she’s a graduate of Yale.

Lenore at the Sydney Opera House

On her Discovery Life reality show, “World’s Worst Mom” (a.k.a. “Bubble Wrap Kids” in Canada) Lenore is like the Supernanny. Except instead of dealing with out-of-control KIDS, she deals with out-of-control PARENTS who have taken over-protection to extremes. Some don’t let their school-age kids play on the front lawn or even make themselves a sandwich. (Why not? Knives!) One still drags her 13-year-old son into the ladies room.

Over the course of her visit, Lenore pries the kids away from their folks and has them walk to school, play in the woods, or run a lemonade stand while she films them from afar. Once she shows the parents how independent and happy their “babies” can be, the parents change…forever! Months later, the moms are still in touch with Lenore, bragging about all the new things their children are doing. The change, in other words, is lasting — and joyous.

It’s a change that Lenore brings to her lecture audiences, too: Fast, shocking, lasting, happy change.

Keynote topics include:

  • Lean Out — of Your Kids’ Lives a Little — and Everybody Thrives
  • How Come We’re So Much More Afraid Than Our Parents Were?
  • Busy Parents, Happy Kids: Feeling Great About the Work-Life Balance
  • Play Dates & Axe Murderers: How to Tell The Difference
  • Building Confidence: Free-Range in the Classroom
  • Yuppie Jiu Jitsu: How Helicoptering Less Creates Kids Who are Leaders
  • Relax! Not Every Little Thing You Do Has THAT Much Impact on Your Child’s Development
  • Free-play: Nature’s Super-Vitamin

Twitter from YPulse marketing conference NYC

“Lenore is killing it!”

Peter Gray, Boston College professor and author of “Free to Learn” writes:

“I’ve heard Lenore speak, and she had all of us rolling in the aisles with laughter.  She’s a natural stand-up who has a way of making serious points through humor.  Her message is that children need free play and freedom to explore without constant adult direction.  As you may know, she is author of the very popular and influential book, Free Range Kids.  One interesting tidbit from her bio is that she was once a writer for Mad Magazine.”


Vancouver International Children’s Fest Talk, Spring, 2013

“Lenore’s talk nearly made me pee my pants.” – The Sprog Blog


And from Common Ground, a consortium of 14 private schools in Princeton, N.J.:

“Lenore had a crowd of 200 laughing so hard that many of my friends said they felt like they’d just seen a great comedy show. Her speech was one of the most entertaining and enlightening ever. It showed that we can trust ourselves and our children so they actually learn to trust themselves. All parents, helicopter or not, would benefit from her talk!” – Prof. Joann Messina, Princeton, NJ

“Anyone interested in seeing our children develop greater self-confidence and resilience would do well to read her book and hear her speak.” – Olen Kalkus, Headmaster, Princeton Academy

And more!

“Who knew a presentation on the disappearance of childhood could be entertaining? Lenore Skenazy’s keynote at the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood’s summit had the audience rolling in the aisles. I lost count of the people who told me afterward that she was best speaker they had ever seen.”– Josh Golin, Associate Director, Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, Boston

“Our parent community was so lucky to be able to have Lenore speak.  She was engaging and funny, but most of all thought-provoking about the many ways in which we don’t trust our own parenting skills (do we really need a plastic tub toy to tell us when our child’s bathwater is too hot?), and how we don’t allow our children the opportunities to take the important ‘baby steps’ toward independence and responsibility.  A great evening!” — Judy Sanders, Principal, Kensington School, California

“I was in stitches laughing.  The story about what it would take for a person to actually abduct a baby from the stroller at the store was so true! I really do think there is something to be said about encouraging kids to do things on their own as much as possible, within reasonable safety limits. Thanks for a great speech.” — Terri Lynn, mom

“Meeting Lenore in public was a joy and she was extremely funny and as interesting as her book. The best part of her lecture was realizing that we need to come together as a community in order to feel safe.” — Lindsey Ladd, mom

“Lenore kept a room full of us parents glued to our chairs, hanging on every erudite but entertaining word. She and her book and movement are a gust of fresh air. Run, don’t walk, if there’s a chance to hear her speak!” — Julie Ann Kodmur, mom

“I felt like I was out at a stand-up comedy show. Her comments and props about our paranoid society were right on as far I’m concerned — and delivered in such a comical way. She made it easy to hear the statistics and research.” — Aimee Nalle, mom of 8- and 11-year-old

“I saw Lenore Skenazy in Rochester in March 2010. She spoke before a sold out crowd and generously stayed until the very end to sign every last book sold. No-one wanted her to leave, and many of us wished we could have taken her out for coffee to continue the conversation — because she is just like us! Lenore is, simply put, hilarious and brilliant. Her statements are well researched, and her humor brings levity to topics which seem to create a lot of controversy. For those of us who remember roaming free during our childhoods and long for the same kind of freedom for our children, Lenore reminds us not to believe the hype and allows us to relax (for an hour) and believe that we are not crazy for leaving our children outside, unsupervised, for — at least — a few minutes!” — Renée Schuls Jacobson, Rochester, NY

And more moms:

“I think Lenore was the best (and certainly the most animated!) speaker I’ve ever seen. She was so entertaining, but also really made me think. The perfect way to start off another year.”

“Lenore was a breath of fresh air!”

“I feel relieved – someone who is finally telling us to relax and let go instead of giving us a list of ‘to do’s’ as parents.”

Your audience will be laughing -- and changing -- too!

Audience reaction to Lenore. Your audience will be laughing — and changing — too!

To book Lenore, please contact her speaking agent: Judy@LeadingThinkers.com

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