A few years ago, New York journalist Lenore Skenazy let her 9-year-old son ride alone on the New York subway. She felt he was mature enough to handle it and that he was actually pretty safe.

Many accused her of being a bad parent, while many more defended her, suggesting parents today are far too protective. Skenazy ended up writing a book, “Free Range Kids,” which advocates that parents let children be more independent, through things like riding the subway alone or playing in parks without constant supervision.

[Continue reading David Alpert’s post at Greater Greater Washington.]

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