Independence For Kids: When To Give It And How Much

Jul 19, 2011

Many kids crave the freedom to go from place to place alone. But last week in N.Y., an 8-year-old who asked and was allowed to walk home alone was murdered. So at what age should kids be granted more independence, and how do parents know when these kids are ready? Host Michel Martin speaks with moms Jolene Ivey, a Md. state representative; Sue Goodwin, an NPR executive producer; and Lenore Skenazy, author of Free Range Kids: How to Raise Safe, Self-Reliant Children (Without Going Nuts with Worry). Also joining the conversation is the National Crime Prevention Council's Michelle Boykins.