When I was in elementary school, my friends and I would walk home after school every day. We’d often stray from our route, stomp along the creek, hike in the hills, or play some sport until the impending dusk made it clear dinner was imminent. By today’s standards, we’d be considered daredevils, and there’s a small chance our parents would get a visit from child protective services. Some parents are fighting the trend by letting young kids spend a little time alone. Others are referring to that behavior as neglect. NPR on the free-range parenting debate that’s been unleashed. (While we’re debating, maybe we should unleash our kids.)