Friday, April 22, 2011

When to let kids walk to school Alone?

When did your kids begin walking to school alone, or when do you plan on letting them?
I don't think there is a set age when kids should walk to school alone. It depends on a lot of factors, such as; the kids maturity level, what route the kid walks (busy streets?), the neighborhood you live in.

We live on a Military Base and the only somewhat busy street (w/speed limit of 30) my daughter has to cross has a crossing guard. She will be 8 next month, but she is not as mature as a typical 8 year old.
I am considering letting her walk by herself when she starts 3rd grade in August.

Booboo will be starting Preschool then as well, in a different school, so it would definitely be more convenient if she was able to walk by herself.
I mostly worry about her getting distracted picking flowers or something and not make it to school on time.



  1. are there other kids she can walk with to school? maybe meet up with them before the busier street.

    when my kids attended school they were 5-7 and the school was not walking distance.

  2. I don't think there's a set age, really. I think it has more to do with the maturity of the child, as you mentioned, the traffic (both cars and people) of the streets, and how well you know the people in the areas too.

    I got some flack about letting *a* walk to a neighbor's house, but I quickly point out that we live in a small neighborhood, on a block that's all dead end streets, gets no traffic other than people who live here that know the kids play out here, and I know all the houses she'd pass.

    My rule for her is, if I can't see/hear her from the porch, she can't walk there alone, and must be left in care of an adult.

    However, she's only 6, and a socially immature 6 at that.

    I think it comes down to a gut feeling, really, and how well you've prepared your kiddo for the trek.

  3. Hi there.
    I don't think there is set age. My son is 10 and mature enough to walk to the bus stop by himself. However I still walk him. I do let him walk home from the bus in the afternoon.
    Just in this day and age you can't be too careful with your children. Children disappear all the time. I at least know he made it to school in the morning and I know the exact time he should be walking in the door.
    I'm sure sooner or later though he won't want me walking him....
    I think if you feel comfortable with letting them walk to school that is what matters. All we can do as parents is drill into them about the danger of strangers.

    Good luck

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  5. I've often wondered the same thing. Another thing that has been on my mind lately is when to let them play outside by themselves. And again there are a lot of factors involved.

  6. I agree with all the comments here. It's hard to let your kids go these days. That's one of the things my son is requesting to do, walk to and fro school. I still can't. Maybe when he's a lot older, and he has some other buddy to with. These days, it's just not safe. Follow you! Avs of Three Little Feats


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