Lenore Skenazy

Lenore Skenazy is “America’s Worst Mom.” (Google it—she’s there for 77 pages!) The New York City newspaper columnist got that title after she let her 9-year-old ride the subway alone. In response to the massive media blowback, she founded the book, blog and movement, “Free-Range Kids,” which helped launch the anti-helicopter parenting crusade.

Lenore’s feisty belief that our kids are safer and smarter than our culture gives them credit for has landed her on pretty much every chat show except Oprah (and now it’s too late!). She has spoken at Microsoft, the Sydney Opera House, and—oddly enough—the Bulgarian Happiness Festival,  as well as at schools and conferences worldwide.  She also hosts the reality show, “World’s Worst Mom.”

A graduate of Yale, Lenore lives in New York City with her husband and teen sons, who are half-Free-Range and half-Facebook addicts. Then again, so is she. One thing she understands: None of us is a perfect parent—and that’s just fine.


Related Sessions
Saturday 17 October 2015, 16.00 Frobisher 1-3

Hunger in the UK: the food banks phenomenon

"Although 'battle' suggests destruction, these were some of the most constructive debates I've taken part in. This was civilised conflict in the best sense of both words."
Julian Baggini, author, Welcome to Everytown: A Journey into the English Mind, and The Ego Trick

follow the Academy of Ideas


Keep up to date with Academy of Ideas news and events by joining our mailing list.