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Lenore Skenazy        

Host of "World's Worst Mom" on Discovery Life; President of Let Grow & Founder of the Free-Range Kids Movement

Lenore Skenazy is “America’s Worst Mom.” (Google it!)

The New York City columnist-turned-reality TV show host got that title after letting her 9-year-old son take the subway, alone. In response to the enormous media blowback, she founded the book and blog, “Free-Range Kids,” which launched the anti-helicopter parenting movement.

Her feisty belief that our kids are safer and smarter than our culture gives them credit for has landed her on talk shows from The Daily Show to to Dr. Phil to The View, The Today Show, NPR, Good Morning America, Nightline, ABC World News Tonight, CBS Early Show, CNN, FoxNews, Anderson Cooper, the BBC, CTV and CBC.

She has lectured internationally, including talks at Microsoft Headquarters and the Sydney Opera House, and has written for everyone from The Wall Street Journal to Mad Magazine. Yep. The Mad Magazine. And she’s a graduate of Yale.

On her Discovery Life reality show, “World’s Worst Mom” (a.k.a. “Bubble Wrap Kids” in Canada) Lenore is like the Supernanny. Except instead of dealing with out-of-control KIDS, she deals with out-of-control PARENTS who have taken over-protection to extremes. Some don’t let their school-age kids play on the front lawn or even make themselves a sandwich. (Why not? Knives!) One still drags her 13-year-old son into the ladies room.

Over the course of her visit, Lenore pries the kids away from their folks and has them walk to school, play in the woods, or run a lemonade stand while she films them from afar. Once she shows the parents how independent and happy their “babies” can be, the parents change…forever! Months later, the moms are still in touch with Lenore, bragging about all the new things their children are doing. The change, in other words, is lasting — and joyous.

Speech Topics

  • Lean Out — of Your Kids’ Lives a Little — and Everybody Thrives
  • How Come We’re So Much More Afraid Than Our Parents Were?
  • Busy Parents, Happy Kids: Feeling Great About the Work-Life Balance
  • Play Dates & Axe Murderers: How to Tell The Difference
  • Building Confidence: Free-Range in the Classroom
  • Yuppie Jiu Jitsu: How Helicoptering Less Creates Kids Who are Leaders
  • Relax! Not Every Little Thing You Do Has THAT Much Impact on Your Child’s Development
  • Free-play: Nature’s Super-Vitamin

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