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Yes...I allowed my 10 year old to.......would you?

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My sister is all in a tizzy because I allowed my 10 year old to stay at the church fall festival byhimself and then walk home alone. We went as a family the kids and I but my youngest DD is 4 and she got cold and wanted to go home. This was about 2:45. My DS asked could he stay and just walk home. Its about a half a mile from home so I said ok just be home by 5:00 pm. He had his phone and made it home by 4:50 because he didn't want to be late. Now my sister is telling me I'm crazy and a bad mom. Would you let your son walk home?
Posted by Anonymous on Oct. 7, 2012 at 9:30 PM
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jen.mom.of.four
by on Oct. 8, 2012 at 11:17 AM
Where we live now, yes.
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terri.a
by on Oct. 8, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Nope, not a chance.  You can't undo it if something bad happened.

areyouatroll
by on Oct. 8, 2012 at 11:21 AM
Yes in a reasonable neighborhood
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Anonymous
by Anonymous - Original Poster on Oct. 8, 2012 at 11:21 AM
And how often does this actually happen?? I a? 32 years old and have never heard of a kidnapping in the city that I live in. He could also be killed riding in a car, on a bike, or in a school shooting. But I do the best I can to prepare him for these things and then I let him go and grow and pray that he will be okay.

Quoting gardengirl23:

Jessica Ridgeway was 10 years old.  Her mom thought it was fine for her to walk three blocks alone.  She probably refused to "put her in a bubble too"  To each their own.  http://www.9news.com/news/article/293308/339/Search-continues-for-missing-Westminster-girl

XJetX
by on Oct. 8, 2012 at 11:22 AM

If it was strictly an emergency phone that had no texting or net access, then I could understand that. I think it can be programmed to only be able to call certain numbers, so if I'm right on that, (but I may be wrong) then DD would be allowed to call home, mom and dad's cell phones and 911. I don't think children that young are responsible enough to handle a cell phone and can get into lot of trouble.

Quoting Anonymous:

Its a 10 dollar tracphone I use for situations just like this. I also have a 12 and 14 year old so whatever kid is away from me takes the phone and uses it only for emergencies. So its not really HIS phone

Quoting XJetX:

I was allowed to do things like that by age 8. But I certainly wouldn't be giving my kid a cell phone at that age



Anonymous
by Anonymous on Oct. 8, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Honestly it would depend on the kid, and the neighborhood.  At 10, my daughters could have walked home without me worrying in our old neighborhood.  My sons, however, no way!  They would have either got side tracked or stopped to talk, etc.  They just weren't mature like the girls were at that age.  In the neighborhood we live in now?  No, I don't allow our 16 year old to walk home alone. 

BethanyJ
by Silver Member on Oct. 8, 2012 at 11:24 AM

In a safe town, yes.  

Anonymous
by Anonymous on Oct. 8, 2012 at 11:25 AM

My 9 year old has a i phone 4 and I would never let him walk anywhere alone. So.... 

Quoting XJetX:

I was allowed to do things like that by age 8. But I certainly wouldn't be giving my kid a cell phone at that age


gardengirl23
by Bronze Member on Oct. 8, 2012 at 11:26 AM

You asked.  I wouldn't do it.  You would.  To each their own.  Where I live, people get kidnapped.  Where I live people get hit by cars.  Other people can let their children do whatever they want.  I'd rather risk my kids living in a bubble then take a chance.  My kids normal, happy smart kids that will grow up and walk down the street by themselves when it is time.  You are asking for people's opinions and it seems like you want to debate.

Quoting Anonymous:

And how often does this actually happen?? I a? 32 years old and have never heard of a kidnapping in the city that I live in. He could also be killed riding in a car, on a bike, or in a school shooting. But I do the best I can to prepare him for these things and then I let him go and grow and pray that he will be okay.

Quoting gardengirl23:

Jessica Ridgeway was 10 years old.  Her mom thought it was fine for her to walk three blocks alone.  She probably refused to "put her in a bubble too"  To each their own.  http://www.9news.com/news/article/293308/339/Search-continues-for-missing-Westminster-girl


crazysheep
by Gold Member on Oct. 8, 2012 at 11:26 AM
Depends. My home town. Yea sure. Its very small. The city we live now... no way lol. I don't even like dh walking home alone lol.
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