Balancing Chaos

Raising Independence

December 1, 2017

This week Gretchen talks with author and columnist Sarah Smiley about raising independent kids who are allowed to take risks. (Kelley had to balance her chaos by missing this week, but she's back next week!)


Mentioned on the podcast 

Dinner With the Smileys: One Military Family, One Year of Heroes, and Lessons for a Lifetime

Got Here As Soon As I Could: Discovering the Way Life Should Be

Lenore Skenazy (who wrote Free-Range Kids, How to Raise Safe, Self-Reliant Children (Without Going Nuts with Worry)) now blogs at

To the Parents Who Called the Cops After My 80-year-old Dad Chatted with Your Child at the Supermarket

The Modern American Brag: “My Kids Were About to be Trafficked, Too!”

Gavin de Becker's Protecting the Gift: Keeping Children and Teenagers Safe (and Parents Sane)

Jessica Lahey's The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed

Tom Wayman: Did I Miss Anything?

Our Favorite Things!

Sarah: Tim Horton's Large Unsweetened Iced Tea (I couldn't find the caffeine content!)

Gretchen: Polar Seltzer (especially the seasonal flavors!)