We've infantilized kids for the last forty years, most of the time not even realizing it.
We've sown the wind, and now we are reaping the whirlwind. We are inundated with 20 year old infants, living in mom's basement and depending on her support. Let's stop doing that.
When I was 10, I used to take the city bus about 5 miles to a magnet school, and take it to get home. The neighborhood kids would get on the same bus on Saturdays to go 10 miles to the city zoo, where we could get in free. We would also go to movies, parks, and such. We would go down in the canyon and hike despite the presence of rattlesnakes. Our parents warned us about perverts, so we were ready for any adult approaching us in a too friendly manner. Never happened.
Now parents fear to let their 18 year old kids go off to college. I've actually heard of more than one parent who would not let their kid go out of fear somebody would "turn them gay"!