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Would you let primary school kids catch a train on their own?   This was the indirect challenge for parents when the psychologist dubbed America’s worst parent Lenore Skenazy visited Australia recently.   US parenting show host Skenazy sparked a worldwide controversy when she admitted allowing her nine-year-old-son to ride the New York subway on his own.    “Bad mum” was the outcry from parenting groups everywhere.   Allowing children to develop real independence is one of the biggest challenges modern parents face. When to allow a child to walk to the park on their own, babysit younger siblings, make their own way to school, catch a train to the city and go to the cinema without adult supervision, are the sorts of dilemmas that many parents sweat over.   Most parents I meet admit to having had more freedom to roa...(sign-up as a member to continue reading this article)

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