'World's Worst Mom' justifies why she let her 9-year-old ride the subway alone

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'World's Worst Mom' Justifies Why She Let Her 9-Year-Old Ride the Subway Alone

ET sits down with Lenore Skenazy who some are calling "the world's worst mom," after she felt comfortable letting her 9-year-old son ride the New York City subway alone.

"I gave him a Metro card and a map and money for emergencies and I said goodbye," Lenore told ET. "I went one way and he went the other."

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FILE - FOR SPANISH STORY PADRES FISGONES - In this Aug. 23, 2011 file photo provided by the family shows Lenore Skenazy, center, outside her apartment building in the Queens borough of New York with her sons Izzy, 13, left, and Morry, 15. Skenazy wrote a book called "Free Range Kids: How To Raise Safe, Self-Reliant Children (Without Going Nuts with Worry)." She contends that many marketers exploit parents' ingrained worries about their children's safety. "The idea is that the only good parent is a parent who is somehow watching over their child 24/7," she said. (AP Photo/Joe Kolman, File)
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After her story made national news, Lenore is now hosting a show called "World's Worst Mom" on the Discovery Life Channel airing Thursday at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

"It's a fantasy that children are in constant danger," Lenore said. "Every child does not need a bodyguard."

On the show, she tries to help helicopter parents give their kids more freedom. In one episode, she helps 10-year-old Sam get from under the protective wing of his mother, who does everything for him from cutting his food to giving him baths.

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"They're good parents, but they're babying [their kids]," Lenore told ET. "I forced them to realize that these children aren't babies."

Watch the video for a sneak peek.

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