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Kelly,newly single mom of four wonderful children.
Andrea , wife to K , mother to
We live in a small town, my kids, (all 15) can go anywhere around here. They do carry phones to let me know if they are changing locations/plans. They have been able to do this since they were 12. I think it has a lot to do with where we live though. When we lived in Florida, my kids were only in the fenced front yard without me.
Candace, Married to dh , Mom to ds (8) , Gavin (9/30/10 - 12/19/10) and cautiously expecting our 4-29-12
I think it's really interesting that a while ago I posted a question in Learning At School about kids getting home from school and felt as though people thought I was neglectful because I suggested that maybe, when he's in 6th grade and 11 1/2, my son might be ready to walk from his school to mine (6 city blocks) or ride the subway from the bus stop to his Tae Kwon Do (2 stops, no transfers). And here you guys are letting your kids go all over town.
I wonder if part of this is the difference between being the parent of a 4 year old and thinking "my little one will never be ready to leave me" and the parent of an 11 year old who looks at their child and says -- "You know, I wasn't sure this day would come, but he is ready. I can really trust him to take care of himself".