Oh ye of icy hearts, beware! This little girl in China is going viral not just because she is so sad and sweet, but also because she could put Socrates to shame! (Or at least get him to assign less homework.) Hers is a cry heard ’round the world. Let’s hope some schools and parents […]
What Kids Want, We Can’t Give Them (Simple Though It Is)
This graph, from a suburban elementary school, represents what after-school club kids chose as their first choice. There were a bunch of options like chess, music, art — all of which I had my own kids enrolled in at some point in their childhoods. But as you can see from that big, green wedge […]
When We Don’t STOP Them, Kids Can Do So Much More Than We Think!
Chopping, hopping, shopping, sewing, mowing, going, GROWING! Check out the winners of this year’s Third Annual Let Grow Independence Challenge! It continues to surprise me just how much kids CAN do and how little we LET them do. This video shows how competent (and helpful, happy, proud ‘n’ persistent) kids can be. “When adults step […]
The Fastest, Cheapest Way to Make Students Normal — and Even Bubbly — Again
Folks, here are the descriptions of Let Grow’s two, FREE independence-fueling initiatives for schools. IF YOU ARE A TEACHER, ADMINISTRATOR, SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST, HOMESCHOOLER, or PARENT of a school-aged child, please consider downloading our implementation guides and getting started. The kid you save may be your own. At the bottom of this post you’ll find videos […]
We Stand with Emma! (She’s 7)
Great grandma Joanne Ward of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, read my piece about the fastest, cheapest child therapy — FREE PLAY. Then she emailed us this worksheet filled out by her pride and joy, Emma, a second grader. Emma is wiser than many an adult, when it comes to what kids NEED THE MOST. In case […]
“5 Dangerous Things You Should Let Your Kids Do” Gever Tulley’s Galvanizing TED Talk — from 2008!
Gever Tulley saw it before a lot of us: That anything “shaper than a golf ball” was getting labeled too dangerous for kids. And that kids were losing out because of this. Tulley’s 2008 TED Talk, “5 Dangerous Things You Should Let Your Kids Do” remains a personal touchstone. I just re-watched it and couldn’t […]
The Secret to Getting Kids to Play Outside? Hint: It’s Cheap and at Lowe’s
In Part 2 of Let Grow’s “Practical Tips for Getting Your Kids Outside” series, one mom divulges the simplest, cheapest trick of all: Hands down, the best thing I have ever done to encourage outdoor play (other than modeling loving the outdoors) is to purchase a stack of 8-foot 2″x3″ pine boards. Lots and lots of […]
Mom Proposes a Freaky Friday, Role-Switching Experiment to Her 3 Kids: Here’s What Happened!
A mom in Ireland, Trish Frazer, was, it seems, a little fed up with the day-to-day pushing/prodding/cooking/plodding that is modern-day parenthood. So she proposed to her kids, ages 12, 9 and 4, that they switch places, a la Freaky Friday. (But without Lindsay Lohan.) Not only did the kids take her up on it for […]
Mom Found Guilty of Not Being Paranoid Enough
A mom was put on an Arizona blacklist for letting her son, 7, play at park with his friend, age 5, for half an hour, while the mom bought a Thanksgiving turkey during COVID. She was hesitant to bring the kids into the store and they wanted to play outside. (I’m not naming the mom, […]
Excellent New Word: Sittervising
The word “Sittervising,” invented by by Busy Toddler blogger Susie Allison, is a new way to describe a once venerated practice: Sitting around while your kid plays. The fact that we needed a word to sort of sanitize this normal practice just shows what judgmental times we’re living in. If the phrase “Free-Range Parenting” allowed moms […]