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Column: Today’s youth losing sense of independence




If you are of a certain age it is likely you remember a childhood filled with lots of unstructured time. Chances are when you reminisce about those earlier days, you say things like: “Mom would shoo us out of the house and tell us not to come back until dinner.”

If you grew up in a rural/suburban area, your memories are of trying to catch crawdads in the creek and coming home wet; of exploring on your bikes for the first time a previously undiscovered trail; of muggy summer nights when it seemed like every kid in the neighborhood was playing hide-and-seek.

If you grew up in a city, your memories might include different details, but the sense of freedom and independence would be similar.

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