My wife Susan has a piece in Sunday's New York Times: Home Alone, about teaching our son to be independent.
BTW: I took the photograph that accompanies the article. It is Nat receiving a medal at his Special Olympics swim meet, and it is probably the happiest he has ever looked in a photograph. In fact, it is unusual for him to be looking directly at one so unabashedly in any circumstances. I smile every time I see that picture, so I'm glad they ran it.