How old would you let your children walk to school own there own

Marion - posted on 10/07/2009 ( 26 moms have responded )

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Emmanuel wants to wall to school by his self and iam saying wait to you get 13

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Angela - posted on 10/08/2009

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I say as long as he's not walking a long distance by himself, as a mom of 5 I didn't let my oldest two walk alone till they were 11 and 12 and then they were walking with a group of kids and I can't say I would have let them if not for the group, that was oh 'bout 10 yrs. ago. today I don't let my 17 yr old go to many places alone I drop off and pick upfrom school and I don't think my daughters will ever know what it is to walk to school or anywhere else for that matter. Today is not as safe, in my opinon as it was 10 yrs ago and even then was bad, I use to think some areas were better than others but now u just never know where danger lurks. you have to be comfortable with & when. I believe God gives all mothers a 6th sense when it comes to our children so just tune in and listen to that motherly instinct and you will know when the time is right.

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Ramona - posted on 10/09/2012

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Since we are close enough to the grammar school to hear the bell, my kids started in Kindergarden to go themselves. My dd is 18 and away at school, she did a few weeks by herself in Costa Rica this summer and went camping with friends this summer in another state. If your kid can handle things, the area is safe then why not? You can't baby them for 18 years, then drop them off at college and hope that they make good decisions. You have to learn to make good choices and if mommy forever makes them, you will have a harder time.

Try - posted on 10/09/2012

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The world is safe. What they're not safe from is bad parents who hold them back.

Try - posted on 10/09/2012

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13?!? That's way too old - walking to school starts in elementary, and you want him to drive until he's a teenager? All the other kids will know there's something seriously wrong with him.

Tammy - posted on 10/15/2009

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My kids are 17& 15 and I still worry about them walking to high school.They're right, it's not safe oput there.

Renee - posted on 10/12/2009

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Hi Marion that depends on a lot of issues, 1. how far is the school?, 2. can he/she walk with other children. This is a world that we would like for our children to grow up and become indepedent but in this day and age we (parents) are afraid to let them go because there are people, individuals that do not care about life and will hurt that which we hold dear...our children. So I can only say pray and trust that God will take care of your son/daughter.

Stacy - posted on 10/12/2009

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How far away is school? My girls started walking to school when they were in first grade, but the school was a block away and they met up with older kids half way there... Depends on the circumstances.

Fran - posted on 10/12/2009

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I never let mine. We always went in groups. when the weather was nice you could say we walked pool, Cold we car pooled. each parent took a week, some we only had to do it once every two months

Rose - posted on 10/11/2009

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For myself it was when I felt comfortable enough to let him, which was about 15yrs. Up until then I drove him to school, he did take the bus/walk home with friends. My son is now in grade 11, takes the bus to and from school with friends. Even though he's older, I still do worry, probably always will.

Brenda - posted on 10/11/2009

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they r never old enough, and no community is safe nor is any school close enough. if he must the larger the walking group the better. but the bear dosen't have to get everybody just the slowest one. sorry the world is so cruel but this is our most prized posession we r talking about.

Jill - posted on 10/11/2009

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honestly in this sick world probably never... i would be so afraid he wouldn;t make it there.... have him walk in a big group ... there is safety in numbers...

Sue - posted on 10/11/2009

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My 3 lads were allowed to walk to school on their own the last half term before moving to the next school which was a further 5 mins down the same road. I have to say the I followed at a distance the first day and met halfway on their return. It was easier with 2nd and 3rd as one of their brothers was doing the same journey.

Vicky - posted on 10/09/2009

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If your neighborhood is a safe environment by all mean test your child and see if they can handle the responsibility. My special needs daughter never walked to school on her own, but she walked home from about second grade on. We live about two miles from the schools. It was scary to have her do it, but I first tested her by allowing her to meet me, or in the situation of walking to school reverse it. Once she proved she could get from school to each designated point, just a bit further from the last I let her try it on her own. I knew about how long it took for us to walk it together then added about a half hour for distractions like traffic and neighborhood dogs one has to greet. She made it safely through high school and now rides the public bus system with confidence. We walked to school when I was younger at 8 I think but always with friends. I would locate "safe" houses where your child can go if they have any concerns of any sort. You will rest easier and so will your child.

Jackie - posted on 10/09/2009

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I supervise a school crossing on a very busy eight lane highway interesection. There are kids who cross by themselves who are in my opinion too young, but the scary ones are high school kids who think they are invincible. They are oblivious the what is happening around them because they are plugged into ipods or playing with mobile phones. They know how to cross a road but "choose" to break every rules of logic to get to school around the surrounding streets. Even the younger kids have these phones and other gadgets which distract them. In another local area a young girl ended up under a bus, losing a leg because she paid no attention to her surrounds and I see this every day. Please teach your kids from an early age how to cross a road and keep nagging them until they are at university.

Wendy - posted on 10/09/2009

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Hello Marion,

It depends on how far your sons schools is and if he has to cross any busy roads.

My daughter started walking to school with her friends at the age of 12 nearly 13.

We as adults should know if our children are road worthy and prepare them if their not cause one day they'll have to be out there on their own eventually.

Lynne - posted on 10/08/2009

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As I said Carrie, you've got to know your community before making this sort of decision, we live in a regional coastal city in Queensland, Australia. We have weirdos too, but my kids are pretty savvy and don't take undue risks.

Carrie - posted on 10/08/2009

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Go on the list on the internet that lets you know how many sexual wierdos live near you and you will never let your children walk to school. You will be suprised at how many are in your town or city. And that is just the ones that have been caught.

Carrie - posted on 10/08/2009

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I will never feel comfortable with that. I do not even let my kids play outside without a walkie talkie tied to the belt loop of thier pants.

Lynne - posted on 10/08/2009

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My kids wouldn't know what hit them if they had to catch a bus to school - we've always lived within sight or walking distance of their schools. They've been walking since 8 and always together. Although my daughter is still in primary school and has to travel further than her brother. They are both responsible kids, I've raised them to be fairly independent as well. Really, as some of the other posts say - it's how you feel about your kids and your community whether you are comfortable. Maybe start with a group of them walking together - for a few days you could follow at a discreet distance to see how it all goes.

Sherry - posted on 10/08/2009

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I personally feel that no matter what age, your child is not safe!!! There are too many predators out there.. I live in a small town of 12,000 and we have 20 registered sex offenders, that's frickin amazing!!! I would never take the chance!!!

Crystal - posted on 10/07/2009

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Depends on how far and with who. You are right until waiting until he is 13 years old, there are to many bad things out there to give in to what he wants. Just keep loving him and doing what you feel is best.

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If he is still in elementary school then I would say no unless he was walking with a buddy or better yet, a group of buddies. If he will be walking by himself then I think waiting until middle school is the safe way to go. How far is the walk? Because that's another consideration. Some children only have a block or so to walk and mom can watch them from the front yard as they walk down the street. I also think it's important to consider the child's maturity and responsibility. We're the moms and we know what's best for our children so your decision should make you comfortable.

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Depends on your area..Scranton school district lets you walk your child at age 4 years. If your area is safe-13 sounds reasonable. Does he have a friend or two he can buddy up with? We moved to an area with busing up to senior high. But the kids 16 and up usually carpool. You are the mom~ check out your options and then make your mind up. :)

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