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Old 01-11-2010, 04:17 AM
 
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I walked to kindergarten starting as an about to turn 5yo in NYC. I was always with someone, either one of my sisters, or another kindergrtener. Later when we moved to the suburbs, I also walked to grade school. I sometimes walked with my sister or a friend, but sometimes alone. There were never any problems.

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Too many factors to consider. It could be a small town with lots of problems or larger town with no problems. Traffic situation is also very subjective. It depends a lot on the child also of course.

I'll let my son walk to school next year when he turns 7 but we live in Sweden and it's only a 10 minute walk for him with almost no traffic. He could do it now but my 3.5 year old would be jealous.....

In general I think it's nice to give the kids a little extra responsibility when they have shown it can be handled.

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Personally, I wouldnt be comfortable with my child walking to school alone at any age.
At any age? So how does that work out? Child is 17, can't walk to school by themself, but can drive a car? How does this "child" have the life experiences and maturity to handle situations life throws at him or her? Next day said child is off to university!

back to OP: my DS is 5 and next year starts school. DH or I will bike with him. I expect the year after - so late 6 yo, that he can bike or walk the 6 blocks with his school friends.
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