A while ago, Lance Mannion and I had a bit of an exchange about overly restrictive parents who freak out if a ten year old is walking around by himself. I argued that we’ve become far too restrictive.
Anyway, a couple nights ago, I was talking to a long-time reader who clearly remembers traveling around the New York Subway system by himself–and not one quick stop–when he was eleven. He was definitely not a problem child, or one step away from a jail cell. That was just considered normal. In 1952.
Just one anecdote though.