My brother and I came home from school every day by ourselves. We were latch key kids, as were all the other kids we knew. Our parents worked. I would watch my brother and get dinner started so we could eat when my dad came home. It taught us independence and problem solving that has helped us be productive adults. Today's parents are so smothering. It amazes me that they have time to drive their kids to and from school! Why not just send them on the bus so they can interact with their friends. Don't parents want independent children?