Independence is golden. They want to do stuff without you. And they should! That’s part of the fun for everyone! It can also be scary for parents, and all the more so for those whose children are at higher risk of being mistreated by authority figures when they’re out and about on their own, particularly Black and brown families and families with neurodivergent children. Tweens will be seeking opportunities to have more agency and responsibility, so it’s a good time to have conversations about what’s reasonable. We’re talking about solo outings, neighborhood babysitting gigs or other jobs (so they can start learning to manage their own money, too), and going to and from school on their own if they can do so safely.