Sadly, parental fears about their children's safety have caused too many moms and dads to put their kids in a virtual lock down, keeping them home where they're "safe," rather than let them negotiate the real world and learn some independence and responsibility.
Second-graders who can't tie shoes or zip jackets. Four-year-olds in potty-training diapers. Five-year-olds in strollers. Teens and preteens befuddled by can openers and ice-cube trays. College students who've never done laundry, taken a bus alone or addressed an envelope.