I had a knock on the door last night. I answered and saw a boy, about 7, whom I hadn't seen before.
"Does a little boy live here."
"Can he come out and play with me?"
Harry got his shoes on and ran out and they screamed and ran happily for the next hour.
Turns out the boy lived down the road a little. His family had been there for a little while but we hadn't connected. He found out about Harry and marched up to our house to see him.
This is Rural Parenting. Shove them out the door in the morning. Forget about them. Call them in at night.
It makes for confident and intelligent kids.