You've just finished Chasing Childhood,
SPREAD THE WORD
Request your school or community organization host a screening of Chasing Childhood.
EMBRACE FREE PLAY
Talk to your teacher or school about the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional benefits of extending free play time throughout the school day. While at home, allow time for free time and self-guided activities for your kids.
START A BOOK CLUB
Inspire conversations around collective reads with your school or community. Consider Julie Lythcott-Haims’ How to Raise An Adult, Vicki Abeles’ book Beyond
Measure, Lenore Skenazy’s Free Range Kids or Kim Brooks’ Small Animals.
How do you define success for your child?
Are your values for your child’s wellbeing and success reflected in your daily routines?
What changes can you make to reflect your values?
TALK IT OUT
Parents—ask your children about an activity they feel ready to tackle on their own, but that hasn’t been allowed before. Children— share with your parents something you feel ready to do, but haven’t yet been allowed. Work together to make a plan to tackle that activity.
CHECK YOUR SCHEDULE
Is your family over-burdened by after-school activities? Weekend obligations? Save space for free time.
PRIORITIZE MENTAL HEALTH
Brainstorm with school administrators, counselors, and parents ways to truly center young people’s health and wellness. Consider implementing a well-being survey at your school to help identify issues and prioritize well-being.
News on "Reasonable Childhood Independence" and "Free-Range" Legislation
Across America, Let Grow is working to narrow child neglect laws so that parents can grant their children indendence as they see fit. Here is some of the latest news on their mission to guarantee that playing outside isn't against the law! See below for updates by state.