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3. When your 9-year-old tells you he'd like to ride the subway alone from school to your apartment, you:

Tell him he can't until he's 10, knowing even then you'll let him ride solo, while shadowing him closely the whole time.

Agree. He's a smart, self-sufficient kid and if he gets lost, he can find his way.

Do a double-take and explain that he won't be riding the subway alone until he's at least 16.

Realize he's mature and might be ready, talk to him carefully about the routes and what to do if there's a problem, give him a cell phone and some money, and let him do it.