A Wilmette mom recently had police show up at her door and underwent an investigation by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services after an anonymous caller spotted her 8-year-old walking the family dog down the block on her own.
The incident is just the latest in a series of stories that have left many shaking their heads and wondering if we’re raising a generation of kids who can’t — or won’t — be left alone.
But others think there are good reasons to worry about the safety of our kids in today’s society.
Morning Shift talks to a sociologist about teaching kids the independence and decision-making skills they need to grow into healthy adults.
GUEST: Barbara Risman, professor of sociology at the University of Illinois at Chicago
LEARN MORE: Wilmette mom investigated for letting 8-year-old walk dog around the block. ‘For something like this to happen to me, there’s something really wrong.’ (Chicago Tribune 8/23)
State agency Investigates Illinois mom for letting 8-year-old walk dog around block (Illinois Policy Institute 8/23)
‘Free-Range’ Parenting’s Unfair Double Standard (The Atlantic 4/3/18)