Today I celebrate the launch of Lenore Skenazy's book, Free Range Kids. She also runs a blog by the same name. How does she describe her philosophy? Here, from her website: Do you ever.....let your kid ride a bike to the library? Walk alone to school? Take a bus, solo? Or are you thinking about it? If so, you are raising a Free Range Kid! At Free Range, we believe in safe kids. We believe in helmets, car seats and safety belts. We do NOT believe that every time school age children go outside, they need a security detail. Most of us grew up Free Range and lived to tell the tale.
Lenore became famous last spring when she let her nine-year-old take the subway home alone in NYC and then wrote a column about it. She was proud that he tested his independence and proved his ability to navigate the subway and make it home safe and sound. Unfortunately, however, much of the rest of America wasn't so impressed and she was dubbed "America's Worst Mom".
I bought an early copy of her book and I loved it! Not only does she have great – and very sane – ideas, but she has done research and as a good reporter would, documented it as well. I think this is the perfect book club read. You could guarantee a great discussion.