Our 10 year old, only child, very gifted child, is craving independence. Wants to ride her bike to the library this summer and to the YMCA, etc. I am scared to let her. She is easily distracted. At what ages should you allow this independence. She is already accustomed to staying home a few hours now and then by herself. She has expressed a desire not to attend her regular daycamp activities this year. I do plan on having her attend a few vacation bible schools and activities at the YMCA. But, now that I have rambled, how do you know when they are ready to venture on their own? I bought a bike for myself so that I could ride around with her and she could learn the streets. Any personal experiences would be greatly appreciated.
By the way, this morning I let her ride the one block to the "Dollar Store" and she ended up making a right instead of a left. She figured out what she had done wrong and fixed it, but still it's these things have me worried.
Thank you in advance.