— What age do you think kids can safely start walking to school? I’d say age 7, because that’s the age in a lot of the rest of the world. Which is not to say younger is dangerous — I walked to kindergarten in the suburban Chicago of way-back-when. Must’ve been five. I’m just wondering if we can agree that, even if we squabble about younger ages, by seven kids are certainly ready — yes?
Meantime, I give you this note from Ajax, Canada (actually a town where I filmed my TV show!). – L.
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Dear Free-Range Kids: I’m a big fan of raisingÂ independent, self-sufficient kids. Â Imagine my surprise when I opened my local paper to find this.
The article goes on to say due to a review of the local busing plan, the school board will no longer be busing children if they live within 1.6 kilometres of the school. Â A local mom is raising hell that her 10 year old (!!!) might have to walk to and from school. Â The funny thing is, the picture that accompanies the article shows the son of the ‘upset mother’ and a friend walking down the street.