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“Free Range Kids” Lenore Skenazy to Headline NH Children in Nature Conference October 4, 2012

CONCORD, N.H. - Lenore Skenazy, "America's Worst Mom" and  author of the book, Free-Range Kids:  How  to Raise Safe, Self-Reliant Children (Without Going Nuts with Worry) will be  the featured speaker at the New Hampshire Children in Nature  conference  "Discovering Nature Wherever You Are" on October 4, 2012, from 8:30  a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at Castleton Conference Center in Windham, N.H.

"Lenore Skenazy is a vivacious, funny and  thought-provoking advocate of encouraging parents to lighten up and let their  kids "¦ be kids!," said Marilyn Wyzga, convener of the N.H. Children in  Nature Coalition. "Her notion of Free-Range Kids is giving children a  little more freedom to take risks, to explore, learn, grow and thrive. Open the  door, let them go out and play!"

If you're interested in finding ways to encourage kids  and families to get outside and enjoy nature no matter where they are, register  for the conference at www.nhchildreninnature.org/events The  registration fee is $50, which includes 3 workshop sessions, lunch and  refreshments. The day will showcase the many ways children, youth and  families can play, learn and grow with nature in their everyday lives,  particularly in our urban communities.

Lenore Skenazy was dubbed "America's Worst Mom" after her  April 2008 column in The New York Sun described her making the controversial  decision to let her 9-year-old son take the New York City subway home alone.  She wore the badge with pride and founded the book and blog, "Free-Range Kids,"  which launched the anti-helicopter parenting movement. Her feisty belief that  our kids are safer and smarter than our culture gives them credit for has  landed her on talk shows from Dr. Phil to The View. She lectures  internationally and has written for everyone from The Wall Street Journal to  Mad Magazine. As host of the reality TV show, World's Worst Mom, she helps  overprotective parents loosen the reins. A graduate of Yale, she lives in New  York City with her husband and two sons, who are half-Free-Range, half-Facebook  addicts. One thing she understands: None of us is a perfect parent - and that's  okay.

Drawing on facts, statistics, and humor, Skenazy  convincingly argues that this is one of the safest periods for children in the  history of the world, and reminds us that childhood is supposed to be about  discovering the world, not being held captive.

The New Hampshire Children in Nature Coalition is  dedicated to fostering experiences in nature that improve physical and  emotional health, increase understanding of the natural world, and promote  stronger connections to community and landscape. The coalition got its start in  2007, when people from health, education, community planning and environmental  sectors came together at a series of events to launch a New Hampshire  initiative to reconnect children with nature and encourage children and  families to get outside and active in the natural world.  Find out more about the coalition at  www.NHChildrenInNature.org

The "Discovering Nature Wherever You Are" is made  possible in part by a generous contribution from Public Service of New  Hampshire.

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