How much responsibility and freedom are you giving your kids?
In the past year, three parents in the United States were charged for allowing their kids to go to the park unsupervised, and one mother in Canada was charged after leaving her six-year-old at home for 90 minutes while the mother ran errands. In a sense, the ‘helicopter-parent’, is becoming not only the norm, but the standard for parenting. The idea of your kids to get out the front door and explore on their own is in decline. For younger children, it could be great way for them to explore their city and gain some confidence in their own ability.
As Lenore Skenazy, a U.S.-based author, points out, “Our moms sent us outside and said, ‘Come home when the streetlights turn on’ . . . yet here in the nice, safe, scurvy-free 21st century we worry about letting our kids ride their bikes to the library or walk to school.”
How far would you let your child walk on their own? How young is too young to walk to school alone?
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