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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,761 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lenore Skenazy Narrator: Susan Bennett Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2009 ISBN: 9781440760143
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Lenore Skenazy called down a firestorm of controversy when she wrote a newspaper column about letting her nine-year-old ride alone on the New York City subway. In this plainspoken take on modern parenting, Skenazy offers a commonsense approach to letting kids be kids. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leann | 2/17/2014

    " Everyone needs to stop what they are doing and go get this book. Right now. IF I am getting you a baby gift anytime soon. You are going to get this book. PERIOD "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miriam | 2/16/2014

    " Excellent book. Combats the paranoia and fear that I see parents wrapped in. All parents should read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betsy Murray | 1/26/2014

    " This was great. A nice reality check to help any parent think about what is really safe or not safe for our kids. She is a great writer, funny and fast to read, and it was very interesting too. I'd recommend it to anyone with kids. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nyree | 1/23/2014

    " She makes some really great points and provides good reminders to keep things in perspective. Overall a good read even though there were parts I strongly disagreed with and felt she didn't thoroughly explore. For example she asserts that kids today are as safe as they were when we were kids and that crimes against children have actually dropped. I would have liked for her to discuss whether experts believe this drop is due to a decrease in the number of predators or because parents are being more protective of their children. More depth in her analysis would have made the book more interesting and would have given more credence to her arguments. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Justin | 1/22/2014

    " Absolutely outstanding book, encouraging parents (and other caregivers of children) to give kids the freedom to explore on their own, make mistakes, take risks, and live life. Even though Skenazy was preaching to the choir in my case, I found tons of great information to back up my child-rearing philosophy. I should also note that her writing is hilarious - I laughed out loud many times during the course of reading. Highly recommended! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracyesine | 1/13/2014

    " This book is great. It doesn't try to be an all-inclusive parenting book, but it does a good job of demonstrating that what most parents (in the U.S.) perceive as dangerous does not correspond with the actual risk involved in any given activity. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jayanne | 1/8/2014

    " Even though it's written for parents, it is a good reminder for everyone that the world really isn't as scary as we think it is. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin | 12/24/2013

    " Essential for smart parents! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Makefetch | 12/5/2013

    " This should have been a pamphlet. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tana | 11/23/2013

    " I liked most of the ideas. Didn't really care for the constant attempts to be hilarious. Funny is nice, just not ALL the TIME. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alex Pang | 11/15/2013

    " Breezy by design. It's unfortunate that we live in an age where a book whose basic message is "Learn to trust that your kids will do the right thing, and learn from small mistakes how not to make huge ones" is controversial. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jami | 12/10/2012

    " Was really good and puts things into perspective. Of course, the little Orthodox Jewish boy was killed in NYC in the middle of my reading, which kind of overshadowed her points a bit. Worth a read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alisa | 4/12/2012

    " Good light hearted read... Made me smile and nod ALOT... it seems im already mostly a free range parent.. yah me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 2/26/2012

    " I definitely laughed out loud, I didn't agree with everything but with lots of things. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam | 5/23/2011

    " This book had a huge impact on me. Made me really question all the fear that parents have today. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 5/9/2011

    " A good dose of sanity and humor. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deby | 4/21/2011

    " What a radical idea. Interesting to hear the opinions but not sure how comfortable I am to let my 9 year old out on his own taking the subway in New York City. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erika | 4/14/2011

    " Loved, loved, loved it. This book does a lot to calm your never ending worry nerves as a parent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 3/5/2011

    " I really liked it. Although I don't think I will be as big of a "free-range parent" as others, it still made me think about my parenting style and fears and made me reevaluate them. I think it is a great read for any parent. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jackie | 3/3/2011

    " I recommend this book to every parent! I saw Ms. Skenazy speak at a conference I went to last year and she was hilarious! She debunks all the myths about stranger danger and the boogeyman lurking around every corner. A must read!!!!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Victoria | 2/25/2011

    " Bravo! This woman is one of my heroines. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Holli | 2/13/2011

    " read for one of my bookclubs. Made a great debate, and realized we all need to cut eachother more slack as mothers/parents, but I don't agree with the author on quite a bit of what she proposes. If you want a good debate: read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanne | 2/8/2011

    " I enjoyed her point of view about how we as parents have worried and sheltered our children too much. She had some valid points but I'm still not completely convinced of her hands off approach. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 1/27/2011

    " This book really gives parents something to think about. After reading it I have definately tried to let my kids be a little more free range. A great book to skim through and see how many of my parenting fears are just plain silly. "

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About the Narrator

Susan Bennett, a five-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award for narration, has enjoyed an extensive career as a vocal artist. She has worked with major agencies on such accounts as Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, AT&T, Blue Cross, Goodyear, and Club Med. She also dabbles in the music industry as the singer and keyboardist for The Interactive! Band. Along with her guitarist husband, Rick Hinkle, she is the co-owner of Audiocam Music, a full-service recording studio.