Thank you for weighing in on thequestion of balancing freedom with informed parenting. From what I'm reading in the comments, lots (most!) people struggle with that balance and are concerned about their own overprotectiveness. Many said "I like the idea of giving my kids more freedom, but it's hard/scary to put into practice." If you haven't already, read through and add your own — I've left comments open so we can keep talking.
An now to our winners: Catherine Danford and Beth/Momof2Vikings! Each of you gets a copy of Free Range Kids, which I'll be popping in the mail as soon as I get your mailing addresses. Congratulations!