Disney World Mom’s Panelist Erin Foster explores a question I’ve been considering a lot myself. How much independence can your give your children when you’re at Walt Disney World.

When children are small, splitting up is not an option; you know can’t send a four-year-old to explore Tomorrowland on his own. And when you’ve got high school seniors, you may be grateful that they want to conquer the Tower of Terror without you. But what do you do in the intermediate years? How do you know when it’s OK to give your child some time alone at your hotel or in the theme parks?

Turns out Disney does have some official guidance. The general rule is that children under the age of 7 need to be accompanied by an adult. But that rule varies at water parks and on certain attractions.

More, including how to know when your child is ready, over at TouringPlans.com.