Leaving a child unattended is considered taboo in today’s intensive parenting atmosphere, despite evidence that American children are safer than ever. Lenore Skenazy - a journalist who was dubbed “America’s Worst Mom” after letting her 9-year-old son take the subway alone and writing about it - knows this first hand. In response to the enormous media blowback she received, Skenazy wrote the book and founded the blog Free-Range Kids, a phrase that has entered the pop culture lexicon. Her work has been hailed in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Daily Show and countless other media outlets.

Skenazy was also one of the inspirations behind research conducted at UCI by Ashley Thomas and Barbara Sarnecka (cognitive sciences) and Kyle Stanford (logic & philosophy of science) which found that moral judgments about parents affect perceptions of risk. You're invited to come listen to a talk and participate in a Q&A with the popular author and blogger to learn more about parenting culture in the U.S. and how we've come to be so afraid for our kids.

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