What is the right age to give your child independence? I am very protective over my children, i take the younger ones to school and pick them up even when they reach year six! my teens make their own way to school because i can’t be in two places at once but they have to text me upon arrival so i know they are okay. My teens have to be in at 7.30pm, 8pm on weekends and that includes my sixteen year old! I have a park right outside my house which i can see into clearly through my kitchen window and i won’t let my younger ones (5,7,11) out there unless one of their older siblings is with them! You can call me over protective but these days it’s no longer safe for children even though where i live it’s a very close knit community. When i was younger things were easier but now all i seem to hear about is kids going missing or being shot or stabbed in gang related crossfire putting this fear into me. So really when is a good age to give children their independence because for my children i can’t see it coming any time soon!!!