Paying for a sitter to supervise your kids is the norm, but New York mom and author Lenore Skenazy is actually proposing the opposite: join the Free Range Kids founder's $350 after-school class (signed waiver required) and she'll let your kids play in Central Park completely unsupervised. Even Skenazy herself won't be there.
As the NY Daily News reports, Skenazy (who attracted attention in 2008 when she revealed that she let her 9-year-old son ride the New York city subways alone) says letting kids play without adult intervention encourages “self-regulation.”
Parents like Rodolfo Nunez aren't interested: "I see her point that kids in the old days had more freedom to play in the street, but those were different times ... There was always a neighbor keeping an eye. There was a sense of community. I just can’t think who would pay for this. There are so many dangers and strangers around.”