I was a pretty free-range child, but I think many of us were like that back then. I'm not as comfortable with my children being alone outside of the yard without me. Actually, they've never been outside of the yard without my husband or I. My oldest is only 7, though, not 9. My feelings might be different in a few years. My 9-year-old nephew is allowed to ride his bike all around our small town (he does have a cellphone, though).
6/18/11 at 9:10am