Free-Range Kids, Giving Our Children the Freedom We Had Without Going Nuts with Worry
Praise for Free-Range Kids
"Lenore Skenazy is a national hero."
"This book is a bubbly but potent corrective for the irrational fears that drive so many parents crazy. Skenazy is witty, perceptive, persuasive, and above all, sensible."
"Free-Range Kids is the best kind of manifesto: smart, funny, rigorous, sane, impassioned, and bristling with common sense. If you're a parent, or planning to become one, read this book. You have nothing to lose—apart from your anxiety."
"Even scaredy-cat parents like myself now have a how-to manual on overcomingirrational suspicions and, finally, differentiating between an axe murderer anda play date!"
"Free-Range Kids makes the perfect baby shower gift."
"Moral insight without moralizing—how rare is that?"
"Keep Free-Range Kids on your bedstand next to your Bible and the TV remote, and refer to as needed during the 11 o'clock news."
"Read this book—Mommy said you could."
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Skenazy flies the black flag of "America's Worst Mom," a title this syndicated columnist and NPR commentator earned by allowing her nine-year-old son to ride the NewAYork CityApublic transit alone in ... Read full review
Finally, someone injects some sanity into modern parenting debates! Skenazy reminds us of the importance of letting kids live and learn from the world around them, instead of surrounding them in bubble wrap and coddling them to death.
If Skenazy is right in arguing that most parents now behave as if "normal childhood has just become too risky to permit" and have adopted a "Total Control" mentality, think of the long-term consequences that will have on our kids. Such a relentlessly fear-based mentality breeds distrust, even loathing, of the outside world and all others in it. Moreover, excessive coddling makes it impossible to learn life lessons and build resiliency and responsibility into youngster such that they can go on to become productive citizens.
Overall, the book is beautifully written and immensely enjoyable. Skenazy is an insanely gifted writer that will keep you thinking and laughing at the same time. That's a rare gift, and her book is a much-needed gift to over-worried parents everywhere. Read this book, stop worrying, and then tell you kid to go outside and play!
Read my complete review over at the Tech Liberation Front blog: http://techliberation.com/2009/06/05/lenore-skenazys-free-range-kids-bringing-some-sanity-back-to-parenting-debates