Girlio - posted on 08/06/2009 ( 95 moms have responded )
I live in a city (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) with my man. There is a possibility that by the end of the summer we will have his 2 kids living with us. That means going to school in September. I have no children of my own and grew up in a small town where all the kids on the block walked to school together without a parent as young as grade 1. Now times have definitely changed (I mean back then we didn't even lock the house door!) The oldest is 8 and in grade 3. The youngest is 5 and will be starting kindergarten. Both of us work at 7am.
There is before/after school care that we are looking into etc. But I am exploring all options, ideas in case we are faced with this scenario sooner or later.
What age is it appropriate for children to walk to/from school alone without an adult? When I say alone, I don't be by one's self as that is totally inappropriate for any age of school kid, I mean with other children but no adult. An example would be the 8 yr old and 5 year old walk together TO school from a sitters and I would be able to pick them (preferably with other children from the neighbourhood if possible, not just the 2 of them).
I am not saying that this is what will happen, I am asking for opinions or advice as to what other mothers see as appropriate/acceptable.