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

'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."

Lenore Skenazy is called the world's worst mom
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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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