What Are Free Range Kids? Would you be willing to let your kids walk to the store or to a friends house? Let them get off the bus and walk home? Have a pocket knife? Let them use matches? Talk to strangers? If you do you are a full fledged free range parent. If you don't why? These are probably all things that you did as a kid. What changed? Crime rates are lower today than they were in the 60's yet we are constantly coming up with more reasons to be afraid. If you are anything like me you want your kids to be confident and capable of taking care of themselves. So how do we do this while the boogie man is lurking behind every corner waiting to grab our kids? Lenora Skenazy is here to show us the way. She was dubbed "The Worst Mother in America" for letting her nine-year-old son ride the subway by himself. After writing an article as to why she let him do this, every major network wanted to hear from her. She did more than talk... she started a movement called Free Range Kids or Free Range Parenting. In this episode, you will learn ♦ It is the safest time EVER in the first world to be a kid. Here are a few stats to check out http://www.freerangekids.com/crime-statistics/ ♦ What Lenora says about taking photos of our kids in front of the school bus. ♦ How our fear is crippling us as parents and productive people. ♦ R.I. tried (and failed) to pass a law that said no kid could be dropped off at a bus stop with out a parent to pick them up under the age of 12. Free Range Kids Rallied against it. ♦ "You can't have hysteria ruling the day and you can't have hysteria ruling the law" ♦ How we are refusing to see any gradation between completely utterly safe and completely underly dangerous. ♦ Give the benefit of the doubt to everyone. ♦ How the popularity of zombies is related to how we view our community. ♦ Just because your kids are with you does not mean that they are safer. ♦ Free Range Kids make the neighborhood better and knit it together.
Being able to change your life and takes risks to improve your world is an amazing skill to have and one that we really need to be teaching to our kids. Knowing how to face fears and move through the stages that we all go through when we try something new is an amazing gift to give our kids.
This week I invited Aymii Couzelis who is one of the founders of ENSOMA. A company that sends new experiences right to your door.
She gave us some amazing tips of what to and not to do when helping some one of any age create change and take risks in their lives.
A Career Coach for Your Teen
The U.S has over 1.3 TRILLION dollars in student debt. Then why are so many kids getting out of university and still not knowing what they're going to do for a living? This is insanity, to say the least. But what if you could find out the direction that is best for them and their personality before they spend all that money and time going down the wrong path?Well, you can. It's called a career coach. Not the University coaching/selling them on more schooling but someone who has an unbiased view and no agenda other than helping your kid find careers where they will thrive. Discover Pathwaze is a company that has years of experience placing people into careers and roles are best suited to their natural abilities.
Wealth Mindset, We all want our kids to do well in the world and be able to make enough money to take care of themselves and do great things. After deciding to do this episode on acquiring a wealth mindset, I discovered Justin Ligeri who was kind enough to explain what mental shift he had to go through to move to do just that. Justin Ligeri was the first person to make one million dollars in one day on Amazon. Then he was the first to make 10 million in one month. Needless to say, Justin knows what he is talking about when it comes to wealth and shifting from rags to riches.
How we view fat needs to be revisited. Having a bad body image is one of the major contributing factors that leads to depression in teens. But there is a new movement that is gaining momentum called Fat Acceptance, that could very well change all that.
Imagine living in a culture of people who were grateful for the body they had regardless of its shape or size. No one is bullied, teased or has a low self-esteem because of their body. That is the type community that Madison Krall is working to create. I first saw Krall giving a speech at the Denver TEDx conference where I was first introduced to the concept of Fat Acceptance. Needless to say, I was aware of encouraging a healthy body image but Krall's talk opened my eyes to the real issues people that consider themselves fat deal with. The layers of discrimination and shaming that goes on every day in regards to fat and body size are so deep we don't even notice them.
The good news is you are here and hopefully willing to challenge your preconceived ideas about fat and point the next generation towards a healthy, loving out look on their amazing, beautiful bodies.