Today's version is more like, "It's 3 p.m. Are you holding your 12-year-old's hand?" as people have become less tolerant of kids ever being unsupervised by adults.
But maybe, finally, the pendulum is swinging back toward sanity. That's the case in South Carolina, which is considering a "free-range parenting" bill.
According to the Greenville News, the bill would protect parents from abuse or neglect charges for allowing children of "sufficient age or maturity" to be unattended. That includes activities such as playing outside and walking or biking to school without supervision. Parents are able to use their discretion on what "sufficient" means for their children.
The measure won approval in the Senate Judiciary Committee last month. It will now move to the Senate floor for consideration.