by Hilary799October 7, 2012 at 9:38 PM
There is a church on the main road in front of our neighborhood. Like it's our neighborhood, the church and then the main road. I would allow my 10 yr old and my 8 yr old to walk home.
by Anonymous - Original PosterOctober 7, 2012 at 9:39 PMNow yes my 8 year old DD has more freedom than my 14 year old DD had at that age. I have definately relaxed with the younger kids. Also we used to live in a not so nice are. Here its not the best but its fairly safe.
nope, i would have never let my child do that.
Question to you though------Would you have done the same if he were a girl?
Yup. In a heartbeat. And sounds like your child was totally ready for it (getting home early on purpose) and prepared as much as anyone can be (had a phone with him). Sounds like a great learning/maturing experience for him. I bet he felt really proud that you let him do something so "grown up."
by AnonymousOctober 7, 2012 at 9:39 PM
Everything she said.
No I would not. However, I may just be overprotective. I'm not sure. I don't think you're a bad mom though for allowing your son to walk home.
Yes. I think that the trend toward restricting our kids has become really tiresome. It isn't reasonable to judge other parents who allow their kids to do things that one wouldn't do themselves.
There is NO guarantee of safety just as there is no guarantee that wrapping kids in bubble wrap is going to make them productive. I allow my child to do age appropriate things that may include some things that helicopter parents would absolutely have a coronary over.
This is a very eye opening and interesting article.
Seriously! When I was 10 years old, my dad dropped me off in Cambridge, MA with money to take some classes. I took the Boston T to where I needed to be and carried on with the day. He went to work 40 miles away then returned to pick me up about 8 hours later.
By the time I was 7, I could navigate any international airport without an escort.
I'm not that lenient, but its ridiculous how overbearing helicopter parenting has become.
by AnonymousOctober 7, 2012 at 9:40 PMThere is a search going on in colorado for a 10yr old girl believed to be abducted.