Walking to bus stop

Adrienne - posted on 10/14/2015 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My son is 13 and walks home from the bus stop but I drop him off every morning at the bus stop, his bus comes at 6:10 am and it's still dark. I feel like he should be getting up and getting himself there on his own. How many of your teens walk on their own?

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Adrienne - posted on 10/14/2015

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Thanks for the response, Raye! It's not the inconvenience, I just think he is old enough and needs to display a little more independence and responsibility. His walk would be about 2 1/2 blocks and does not have to cross any intersection. He's a good kid, I know he will go to school, I just think he wants the luxury of not having to walk.

Raye - posted on 10/14/2015

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I started walking to the bus stop when I was 10 y/o, at 6:30am, two blocks away. My mom would make sure I was up and starting to get ready, but she had to go to work before I left to catch the bus.

My kids get a ride to school, because we live too close that they don't offer bussing for our area, and the kids would have to cross a really busy road if they walked. But they catch the bus afterward to their afternoon activity. They are 8 and 10.

I think 13 is old enough to get to the bus stop on his own. You just have to tell him that's what he has to do. Have a plan for if he misses the bus (because it will happen). I have to ask, though, is taking him to the bus stop that much of an inconvenience for you? Sometimes we parents need to do things that are a little inconvenient to make sure our kids are safe and doing what they should be doing.

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