The Free-Range Kids movement started when my New York Sun column, “Why I Let My 9-year-old Ride the Subway Alone” landed me on The Today Show. Since then, the story and all its permutations have proven to be perennial press catnip, which is why you may have seen me (Lenore) on The Daily Show, Dr. Phil, Good Morning America, CBS, PBS, NPR — or my Discovery TV reality show, World’s Worst Mom.

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Here’s a quick look at the whole gamut of press:

Here’s what the venerable New York Times says about me and Free-Range Kids. And here’s the New York Post, and a profile in The New Yorker. Yes! The New Yorker!

And from Sept 2020: Me on Dax Shepard’s Armchair Expert.

And just to pick a random day — May 28, 2015 — here’s a Q&A with me that ran in the Washington Post , and an interview in Der Spiegel (Germany’s Time mag), and in Poland’s news magazine, Najgorsza mama Å›wiata, and a more general piece in The San Jose Mercury News.

Much more recently — 2021 –  Let Grow, the nonprofit promoting childhood independence that grew out of Free-Range Kids, has been mentioned everywhere from Newsweek to the New Jersey Star Ledger to The Las Vegas Review-Journal and Bored Panda. Other media highlights?

“The View”

Lenore on ‘The View’

The Today Show interview that started it all:

On CBS This Morning discussing the Free-Range Kids law passed in Utah:

And here’s a trailer for Chasing Childhood, the 2021 documentary about overscheduled, over structured kids — and Let Grow’s fight to set them free.

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On Stossel (2015)

Basically, I have been interviewed by hundreds of radio shows, and an abundance of newspapers, magazines and TV shows around the world, so it is hard to post all my press.

And as a journalist myself, I write often for op-ed pages, and regularly for I am interviewed pretty often by NPR, the CBC, CNN and Fox — which sort of shows that Free-Range is not a left or right issue.  Here’s my interview on WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Show (New York’s NPR station). And here’s my interview with Nick Gillespie at Reason (12 minutes, but they fly by)!

Meantime, here are some other, slightly random, press clippings, from old to new:

Cover of Time Magazine, “The Growing Backlash Against Overparenting” (Nov. 20, 2009)

CBC, “Raising a Free-Range Kid” (Nov., 2009)

ABC World News Tonight Profile (as re-broadcast in Australia)

(Alternate file of interview)

CBS Early Show (Nov. 27, 2009)

The Week magazine (cover story)


Associated Press interview

Washington Post

The Daily Beast, “The Myth of Online Predators” (by Lenore Skenazy)

Interview on NPR’s “Here & Now”

Interview with Marty Moss-Coane on WHYY, Philadelphia NPR Station

Weekend Australian Magazine (cover)

Huffington Post

Arts & Letters Daily

Sunday Chicago Tribune

Sunday New York Times’ style section: “Why Can’t She Walk to School?”

Houston Chronicle

National Post, Canada: Q & A

El Mundo Newspaper, Spain (country’s second largest daily)

WPROST Magazine, Poland

La Tercera Newspaper, Chile

Radio New Zealand

The Times (of London)

Istoe Independente, Brazil

La Vanguardia, Spain

Free-Range Kids lecture at Yale, October, 2009

Free-Range being debated on a typical mommy blog in Florida

BBC in Spanish (2014)

NY Post (2014)

Quartz (2014)

Washington Post (2015)

Gazeta Wyborcza (2015)

Der Spiegel (2015)

Foreldre (Norway) (2015)

And even a dating site: !

Wall Street Journal (2016)

Wall Street Journal (2017)

New York Times (2018)

Washington Post (2018)

Bored Panda asks Lenore how to nurture kids’ creativity (2020)

Wall Street Journal (2020)

The Washington Post on How Kids Became Independent During Covid (2020)

The New York Times on How Kids Need Risky Play (2020)

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