Post # 1
The other night, DH and I were discussing how we would want to raise potential children. He thinks our kids would be fine walking home from school as early as 7 (if we lived in a nice neighborhood, and if they had cell phones).
I was homeschooled, so I have no idea. However, when I was an after-school babysitter in the Beverly Hills area, no one let their kids walk home – and it was a really good neighborhood!!
How old were you when you walked home from school?
Post # 3
I started walking to and from school by myself in the 1st grade.
Post # 4
i was pretty young. But my bus stop was like a block from my house. So it wasn’t much walking. I think I was in first grade as well
Post # 5
I started walking home in third grade (to and from school, not the bus stop) – so I was 7/8
Post # 6
My elementary school was about a block away from our house and I walked with the boy three doors down since kindergarten. I only stopped walking when I had to take the bus because it was almost 2 miles to high school and across a really busy road.
But… I’m 31 so that was 25 years ago. If I lived in my parents’ house I still would, but I don’t know our neighborhood that well.
Post # 7
We’ve never lived close enough to walk to or from school, it would’ve been about a two hour walk.
ETA: And the school bus came to our house.
Post # 8
my school was less than a block away. in kindergarten walked there with my older sister and brother (gr. 1&2) but we were always let out early by 30 minutes so i walked home alone. no problems.
i allowed my son to walk to school alone when he was in gr. 1.
Post # 9
Times are different I would say about 4th or 5th grade.
Post # 10
Age 5, whatever grade that is. It was a decent walk and we shortcutted through fields and parking lots in a newly build up urban area. We would sneak boxes and jars to school so we could chase and catch bees on the way home. I’m still shocked I haven’t Darwin’d myself to be honest.
Post # 11
3rd grade and it was 8/10ths of a mile each way; we were in a very good neighborhood, and the walker/biker population at the school was large.
Post # 12
kidergarten, but the world has changed, many more crazies out there. I don’t ever remember hearing about as many or as frequent violent crimes 10 years ago as there are today. While i walked home and never had any problems, my kids won’t be until they are older.
Post # 13
I lived about 15-20 minutes via car or 30-40 via school bus from all of my schools (horay for the semi-country part of virginia!) so I never walked. I always wish I could though becuase taking the bus took FOREVER and if I stayed after in Middle or HS (before I could drive the family beater) my parents sometimes had me just chill out a little longer than I wanted b/c they had to finish an errand or get off work.
Post # 14
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I rode the bus to afterschool daycare until around 4th or 5th grade and then I started riding the regular school bus home (without permission at first because I was tired of going to daycare) and then I walked home with the other kids in my neighborhood (nice, ungated neighborhood in safe area.) When I got home I had to call my mom to let her know I was home safe and that I was locked up safe in the house with the alarm on. I was not allowed to go outside and play until she got home from work a few hours later.
It depends on the maturity level of the child. If you feel comfortable that they will go straight home and not burn the house down before you get get home (or you’re at home waiting for them), they’re probably safe to walk home alone. It also depends on where you live and how safe your neighborhood is. I would let a younger child walk home if they were walking with a large number of other children before I would let an older child walk home alone.
Post # 15
You know, I voted for middle school, then I remembered that I used to walk home in kindergarten when we lived in CA. The school was in our neighborhood and I would walk home with my older sister plus a few other older kids that lived across the street from us. It was maybe 5 minutes down one street is all (and thats if we were messing around and not just walking). It also wasn’t every day, but every once in a while. But, times were different then. If I had a child now, he/she wouldn’t be walking to/from school at kindergarten age.
Post # 16
My school was in the middle of the forest so walking wasn’t really an option. I walked home from the bus stop even in Kdg. I only lived half a block from the bus stop.