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One concern that I have about allowing my kids more freedom, is that they will be the only ones, i.e. one eight y.o. walking to school alone is more vulnerable than 40. That said, I let my eight y.o. walk to school by himself sometimes (don't call CPS on me, it's only three blocks!)

For my 12 y.o. who rides the bus, her life is SO much better than mine was in the suburbs - some irony for people who move to the burbs for the kids. She takes Metro to the movies with her friends, meets up after school at Starbucks or Vace, participates in afterschool activities and takes the bus home, doesn't have to worry about a ride. My (single) mom worked full time so I couldn't go anywhere I couldn't walk to, which was just the neighbors' homes.

@Birdie - I told my 12 y.o. she was too old to trick or treat! "Trick or treating is for little kids..." But she ended up going, no adult - it didn't occur to me that an adult should go with her!

by Urbanette on Nov 19, 2012 12:05 pm • linkreport

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