Lenore Skenazy Biography
Lenore Skenazy is an American speaker, blogger, union columnist, writer, and reality host who has been widely recognized as the president of non-profit organizations for childhood independence and as the founder of the Free Range Movement for Children. After making a controversial decision to let her then nine-year-old son ride the New York City Subway alone, Skenazy made a national story, which instantly changed people’s perceptions and received huge media attention. She was also named “The Worst Mum in America” and profiled in “The New Yorker” and the “The New York Times.”
Lenore Skenazy Bio & Wiki
|Profession||Writer, Reality Show Host|
|Age||60 years old|
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|Birth Place||New York|
Lenore Skenazy Career
- Lenore Skenazy started her career as a “New York Daily News” columnist. She served for over 14 years until December 2006
- She went to The New York Sun and wrote until it was shut down in 2008. She also worked as an NPR, CNBC reporter and blogger, as well as “Tabloid Wars” in the Bravo series.
- Skenazy got a lot of attention from her column “The New York Sun,” “Why I Let my 9-year-old Subway Ride Alone,” because it was her controversial decision to allow her son to go home alone in the New York City subway which was completed without an occurrence.
- The topic was covered in many shows, such as “The Today Show,” “Fox News,” later global news, which was featured in shows such as Penn & Teller: Nonsense! , The View, Nightline, America’s Good Morning.
- Her famous blog resulted in the development of the book “Free-Range Kids” which John Wiley & Sons published in 2009.
- She was profiled in the New York Times in 2015. Skenazy also hosted “World’s Worst Mom” on Discovery Life, the reality television program.
- She is now the chairman of the non-profit “Let Grow” to foster childhood independence and resilience. In 2018, she and Daniel Shuchman, Peter Gray, and Prof. Jonathan Haidt co-founded the group. Her aim is to renormalize children who do things themselves.
- She is also the founder of the children’s free-range movement, in order to counteract the idea that children are in constant danger of fractures, abductions, germs, grades, and more.
- Often Skenazy speaks worldwide, including Microsoft, DreamWorks, Audi, The Yale Child Research Center, Boston Children’s Hospital, Wellesley and the Sydney Opera House, and too many schools and conferences to list
Lenore Skenazy Education
Skenazy is a graduate of Yale University in 1981. She received her master’s degree from Columbia in 1983.
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Lenore Skenazy Articles & Books
- Free-Range Kids: Giving Our Children the Freedom We Had Without Going Nuts with Worry. John Wiley & Sons.
- Who’s the Blonde that Married What’s-His-Name: The Ultimate Tip of the Tongue Test of Everything You Know You Know…But Can’t Remember Right Now (Penguin Books, June 2009)
- “The Dysfunctional Family Christmas Songbook” (Broadway Books, 2004), with co-author John Boswell.
- [[Why Parents are More Paranoid than Ever|”When Good Parents Get Arrested”. Reader’s Digest. May 2016.]]Reader’s Digest. May 2016.
- Why Parents are More Paranoid than Ever, NY Post, March 31, 2018
Lenore Skenazy Controversies
- Imagine being called ‘the worst mom in the world’ not only by one angry guy but by the media as a whole. That’s exactly what happened to Lenore Skenazy when she had the ‘audacity’ in 2008 to let her 9-year-old son ride the New York City subway home alone.
- Of course, she didn’t have to promote this by writing a column about it in the New York Sun, but she did. Lenore’s company was already a popular columnist and found the responses of her friends and colleagues so interesting that she knew it would make a perfect column concept. Of course, she couldn’t predict the media storm that would follow. Almost immediately she made appearances on all the big TV networks, and before she knew it was branded ‘the worst mom in the world.’
- She described her reasoning in her column for letting her son ride the subway. The key explanation was that he was desperate to do so. In fact, he begged her to let him go somewhere in the city to help him find his way home.
- The subsequent media explosion, combined with its growing sense of purpose, helped launch free-range children (and free-range parents’ movement).
Lenore Skenazy Son & Husband
- Lenore Skenazy is married.
- She’s also her 2 kids’ mother.
Lenore Skenazy Net Worth
- Lenore’s net worth is around USD 800 K.