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Tony
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when it is time to let child to walk alone?

How do you think when it is right time to let your child to walk to school alone?
When child is able to go to school without parents? I always think that they are too small to walk alone but I see parents who allow their 7-8 years old children to go alone, as for me 7-8 years is too early.

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jack
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when it is time to let child to walk alone?

It is a big step for the child to walking to school alone. It is possible to say that it is a momentous test of confidence for child and for parents as well.
It is rather exciting step. I think that you will feel when your time will come. Children are different and differently accept everything, so think here you need some kind of personal approach to the situation.

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Andrew
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Of course to let your child go to school on foot or via public transportation, is not safest choice.
But not all parents have cars and not all parents with car always have ability to drive child to school. That is why pupils of high school oten buy old cars for themselves.
But small school children are the most vulnerable road users. And this fact is terrible and scary. Such statistics makes parents frozen from fear to let their child to go alone.

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Alex
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Stresses that letting children get to school alone can be confidence-boosting and freeing: Main thing here is that children and parent need to be prepared for this step.
Get up the guts to let your kids try it once. After train your child and you will see that it’s not a very big deal. Such things give parents feeling of confidence.
I think that optimal age is 13 years old and i think that majority of parents will agree with me.

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Tony
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when it is time to let child to walk alone?

I agree with you that 13 years old is optimal age for such steps. But i think that still there will be families all over the world where parents will send their children walking off to school or taking public transport starting at age 7-8. A lot of parents think that 7 is considered the age of reason. It is time when formal schooling usually starts.
In general, kids are not ready to handle traffic situations at such age. Imagine that your child should cope with crossing a street alone....it is life treating situations.

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Tony
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when it is time to let child to walk alone?

Back now from a walk with my son. On the court with us was walking 5-year-old boy (he said it himself, many years). Very thoughtful, communicative. Came on bike, asked me to look after his phone while he will run and play with my son. It turned out that walking alone, my mother sometimes on the phone and checks whether everything is in order. Once when I got the call, the child said that he would come home for water. Went to drink and returned. I said you live here, mother at you from the window looks? The boy said no.I have something in shock. Five-year-old child walks alone, and he moved between venues by bike. Yes, it is clear that the boy is reasonable, but 5 years! :woohoo:

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Robb
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when it is time to let child to walk alone?

My daughter was allowed to walk to school (a mile away) in fourth grade if she did it with a friend and a borrowed phone. I would certainly be comfortable with that unless you happen to live in a high crime area. Talk to neighbors and see if any of them would be interested in walking together. Without the friend, it would depend to me how far it was. A few blocks? Sure. A few miles? Not so much. If it's somewhere in between, consider whether she could ride a bike, instead. Sometimes i get really worried about her but we dont have an opportunity to pick up her.

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Tony
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when it is time to let child to walk alone?

to my mind it is really to early to let your 7 or 8-year old child to walk to school alone especially when he has to cover a long distance. nowadays our world is too cruel and i would be really afraid of my child walking alone. if he or she has elder sister or brother then it is ok, but if he goes completely alone, then i wont let to do it. i think that the best age for child to walk alone is nearly 11-13 years. then the child is not too small. he understands what is good and what is bad, what he can do and what he cant do.

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Adam
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when it is time to let child to walk alone?

You know, when i was a little boy, my parents let me walk alone from the age of 7 years old...but to walk very close to our house, just having fun on the playground with neighbours' kids.
I do think that it was not very early, because i was very independent boy and out town was little, so everyone knew one another.
But nowadays, when there are so many pedophils, i think walking alone for a boy or a girl of 7-8 years old can be dangerous, and i consider, it would be better to allow such kids to walk on the playground, while the parent is sitting close and watching his child

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Tony
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when it is time to let child to walk alone?

i think that it is very personal questions. you should see it from the child because it is difficult to make decisions a all children are different. while one can be more smart and responsible, the other may be too childish. you should understand that letting your child to walk alone is very important and what is more very responsible step. you should know it for sure that your child is really ready for it. otherwise it may have very bad conclusions. in general i think that 13 is an optimal age to let your child walk alone. it is to my opinion.

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Tony
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Every father of the child determines the age at which he can walkes alone without supervision. If your heart tells you that is not necessary, it is too early - this is a sure sign, and therefore do not take the time to send your child one on the street! hmm, how to understand that the child can walk alone?Let's see, it all depends on the age, location and the child. I tell you one story. My brother sent to the street his 5 year old child alone, and he began cooked meals. The child initially played in the backyard, and suddenly my brohter looked there, and child was not in that place. It turned out that child ran off to play with other children in the another yard. Can you imagine what it was like my brother? He was frightened!

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