My 5 1/2 yr found a friend around here in the apartment complex I live in and he lives on the other side of the street and he really wants to go but I just think that he is too little to going off by himself. The other little boy is 6 and he wonders around and that is fine and all but I just feel my son is just still to young to go off by himself.
What do you think?
Answer by vbruno at 10:54 PM on Apr. 5, 2011
Answer by allen.moriahd at 10:54 PM on Apr. 5, 2011
Answer by sarah389 at 10:57 PM on Apr. 5, 2011
Answer by allen.moriahd at 11:04 PM on Apr. 5, 2011
Answer by huntin_mama at 1:11 AM on Apr. 6, 2011
Answer by alotleft2do at 1:33 AM on Apr. 6, 2011
Answer by spottedpony at 1:44 AM on Apr. 6, 2011
Answer by Cenchan at 5:29 AM on Apr. 6, 2011
Answer by slw123 at 8:48 AM on Apr. 6, 2011
Slw123 is on the mark. Clearly there is much more at stake than whether the child knows how to look both ways to cross a street. Whether or not the 6, 7, or 8 year old is mature, if a creep wants to take them or do something to them around the corner, they will make it happen with a child that age and size. A six year old is like a sitting duck target for these predators, this really should not be an issue of maturity or traffic. It is an issue of safety, protection and making damn sure it doesn't happen to your child. One time... that is all it takes. The parents who allow children this age to run around without any supervision seriously need to have their heads examined in my opinion.
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Answer by spottedpony at 10:07 AM on Apr. 6, 2011