— 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 raising independent, self-sufficient kids. 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. A local mom is raising hell that her 10 year old (!!!) might have to walk to and from school. The funny thing is, the picture that accompanies the article shows the son of the ‘upset mother’ and a friend walking down the street.