At What Age Should Kids Ride the Subway Alone?

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Several weeks ago, New York Sun columnist Lenore Skenazy left her 9-year-old son at a Manhattan Bloomingdale's armed with a subway map, a metro card and $20. When she wrote about her son's successful journey home on her blog Free Range Kids, she received a barrage of responses accusing her of being a bad parent.

Despite the criticism, Skenazy stands by her decision. She writes, "The problem with this everything-is-dangerous outlook is that over-protectiveness is a danger in and of itself. A child who thinks he can't do anything on his own eventually can't."

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