The Madeleine Brand Show for September 21, 2010

Parenting On The Edge: Do Parents Overreact About Their Kid's Safety?

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A little girl riding her bike.

When do you let your child walk to school, to the store, or to a friend’s house all by himself or herself without supervision? A lot of parents are anxious at the very thought. And yet, parents remember fondly that as children, they themselves roamed unsupervised for hours at a time.

Today on our new segment "Parenting on the Edge," Madeleine talks to Middlebury Professor of Sociology Margaret Nelson. She is the author of 'Parenting Out of Control: Anxious Parents in Uncertain Times.' And she'll talk to Madeleine about what really scares parents and how their fears affect their children and adult relationships.

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