Is Resilience Learned Or Genetic?

Is Resilience Learned Or Genetic?

Is Resilience Learned Or Genetic?

Are people born with a natural ability to recover quickly from difficulties or is this a skill that can be learned? That’s the subject of today’s conversation between our guest host, CNN’s Alisyn Camerota and Lenore Skenazy, founder of the Free-Range Kids movement and Let Grow, the organization that’s leading the movement for childhood independence. 

As Lenore says in this episode, “…there are some things that need tension, need a little bit of resistance for them to get strong and resilient… That’s why people do weight training, right? You need something pushing against the bone for the bone to become stronger. And children need something in their lives that’s isn’t just simple an obvious and pleasant and a trophy for them to become strong too, for them to become anti-fragile.” 

Alisyn and Lenore discuss the importance of letting children do things on their own, and Lenore shares some simple steps parents can take to help a child increase their independence in a way that is comfortable for both kids and parents.

Learn more about the Let Grow organization and download a FREE copy of the Let Grow Independence Kit HERE.

Get a copy of Lenore’s book, Free-Range Kids: How Parents and Teachers Can Let Go and Let Grow, HERE


This Episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. It’s the college of choice for students who learn differently. Learn more at




This Classic Episode originally aired SEP 23, 2021

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