To Help Anxious Kids, Give Them More Freedom

From a New York Times guest essay by Camilo Ortiz and Lenore Skenazy headlined “To Help Anxious Kids, Give Them More Freedom”:

A colleague in suburban Kentucky let his 12-year-old daughter walk two houses down to her friend’s place. At the end of the play date, the other girl’s mom walked her home, just to be safe.

Such excessive caution is hardly unusual — over the past several decades, children have become less and less independent. Instead of running outside to play after school or riding their bikes around “Stranger Things”-style, they’re more likely to be indoors, on TikTok or in adult-run classes and organized sports.