I was gonna say I kinda saw the other moms hesitations about walking even 5 mins from home to school, until I saw your childrens ages. MY WORD. I thought you were gonna say they were second graders or something. Even that age can be muddied, but TEENAGERS? lord.
Opinions vary widely. I had another mother at a swim meet this summer go off on me because I let my kids walk back and forth to school without me. It's a 5 minute walk and doesn't cross any major streets. It's so close that it should measured in yards, not miles. It's a nice neighborhood, and one of our older neighbors who walks his toy poodle at the same time so sees them a lot, jokes with them about how they are "off to the salt mines."
My kids are 13 and 14.
One is starting high school this year and some people think she still isn't old enough to walk for 5 minutes without me.
It's odd to me that amount of precautions we take with even big kids and teens. The school will call me if my kids are even a minute late because with kids who travel on their own, it's considered a safety issue. Most of the kids who travel on their own have a cell phone in case there is an emergency. If they leave the school more than 5 minutes late, they have to sign at the office so if their parent calls worried about them, there is a record of exactly when they left.
This is a nice neighborhood in the burbs of a not very big city.
Did I mention that my kids are teenagers?
I think our society is a little crazy.