I notice my almost 6 y.o. craving independence more and more. He wants to go to the bathroom by himself when we are out, sit in the van sometimes when I go in stores, walk by himself to the car(not holding hands)- at coop he gets upset if I stay in the room w/ him as he wants to be by himself. I try to accomodate all those wishes that I can- I don't let him walk across the WalMart parking lot by himself, but the library- yes. I let him go to the br by himself if it is one stall or I know noone is in there. However, I still feel he wants more- ideas of how to give that to him? What kind of things to you let your child that age do by themselves. He already bathes by himself and has for a while and plays outside as well. Thoughts from parents who have went through this stage?