Do You Believe in Free-Range Parenting?
Lenore Skenazy was dubbed "America's Worst Mom" after she wrote a column about how she and her husband allow their 9-year-old son to ride the New York City subway alone, without parental supervision. Lenore says that granting her son permission to do so "didn't even strike [her] as a big deal," but her column went viral and the "bad mom" moniker stuck.
"I think the reason [it resonated] is because we're so overprotective these days of our children that the idea of them doing anything on their own… just scared people so much," Lenore says.
Rather than being too scared to allow her son to do things, Lenore embraces "Free-Range Parenting," a term she coined that Lenore likens to the parenting style of her own childhood, which offered kids more freedom to do things viewed in today's society as risky or inappropriate.
"We've been keeping [kids] inside, for their own safety, to make sure they're protected," Lenore says. "Maybe what they really need is a childhood."
Anderson can relate to Lenore's point of view, admitting that he was a Free Range Kid himself. Hear more about Lenore's Free-Range Parenting theory in the video below.