when to let them walk to school?

Monique - posted on 10/04/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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i have three kids in school, one 7 and two 6 year olds. they want to walk home from school without me. I think they may be too young but their dad thinks it's fine. What do you think?

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Ellen - posted on 10/04/2010

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I don't think 6 and 7 is necessarily too young. If the school is not that far and there are sidewalks and crossing guards, and if you feel they are responsible enough, then it is okay. But I don't think you are unreasonable to have reservations about it. I would feel the same way. You know your kids best and you will make the best decision.

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Jen - posted on 12/06/2010

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I don't think that's old enough yet. I would wait a couple more years. It's good there are 3 of them, they are safer in a group but I stiil think 6 and 7 is too young. Mine are 8 and 10 and I still don't let them walk alone even though they ask to sometimes. I used to walk to the bus stop alone when I was a kid, but I think times have changed.
Ultimately with this like everything else, you should listen to your heart. If you feel they will be just fine let them go. But if you are not completely comfortable and will be feeling a little sick and nervous allowing them to go alone then you (they) are not ready yet. You will know when it is safe because you will feel at peace about it :).

Nelly - posted on 12/05/2010

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I wouldn't its about a 10 minute walk and I always walk my kids they are only 12 and 10 yrs old.

Julie - posted on 10/04/2010

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my son will tell you he was 8 when he first took himself to school. little did he know that mummy was hiding behind every parked car and bush following him. he thought he was a big boy i just needed to make sure he was ok. he was too stould very nicely at the crossing and everything just like i taught him. the point is if you feel your kids are capeable then do what i did let them go but follow them that way they think they're being great by doing it themselves but at 6 i wouldnt have thought that was ok.

Candy - posted on 10/04/2010

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I wouldnt but that is me. Of course I wouldnt want let my 18 year old walk home.lol I really dont think they are old enough.

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