To Raise Confident, Independent Kids, Some Parents Are Trying To ‘Let Grow’

Laura Randall, pictured at Mill Pond Park in Portland, gives her son, Matthew Randall, 7, a lot of freedom to explore on his own.

Research suggests kids who have more freedom and independence grow up to be less anxious and depressed. But in the age of helicopter parenting, giving kids freedom to roam can be difficult.

(Image credit: Beth Nakamura for NPR)

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