I was just thinking about how differently I'm raising my kids. (who are 9 and 13). I know I was raised in the Dark Ages, but even then I think my parents let me do things that were a bit "out there". Example? Letting me go downtown at age 5 with my 3 yr. old neighbor and having lunch at the luncheonette! We lived in a small suburban city. I'm just now letting my 9 yr. old ride her bike off of our street to visit neighbors! How about your parents?