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What's the furthest you let your kids walk on their own?

Posted by on Mar. 4, 2015 at 9:42 AM
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Parents Who Let Kids Take a Walk Alone Found Guilty of 'Neglect'​

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Back in December, Silver Springs, Maryland couple Danielle and Alexander Meitiv allowed their two kids -- 10-year-old son Rafi and 6-year-old daughter Devora -- to walk one mile home from the park without adult supervision. As a result, they've just been found guilty of "usubstantiated child neglect." How awful!

First off, "unsubstantiated child neglect" means that Child Protective Services will keep a file on the family for at least five years, which complicates what could happen if the kids are caught roaming around town again on their own. So no, the kids aren't being confiscated, thank god, but this is still scary news -- and not just for the Meitivs.

More from The Stir: Leaving Your Kids Home Alone: What Age Is the Right Age?

Because let's face it: once kids reach a certain age, many parents are fine sending them down the road to the local 7-11 for a Slurpee, or letting them stroll those few blocks to a nearby park or school. These parents are often pegged as "free range," and sure, not everyone agrees with their principals. Still, it's one thing for parents to differ and debate how much freedom to grant their kids. It's a whole other ball game for the government to step in with criminal proceedings and label these "free range" practices "neglect"!

Because where will this end: Will parents have to stay glued to their kids' sides wherever they go, whatever the age, or else risk getting written up by the CPS? If so, it's bound to create a whole lot of unhappy families. Kids need their freedom, and parents need the freedom to raise their kids however they think is right (within reason, of course).

In any case, it looks like moms may have one more thing to worry about when they send their kids outside. Sigh.

 

What's the furthest you let your kids walk on their own?

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4evrinbluejeans
by KK on Mar. 4, 2015 at 9:47 AM

My 11 year old walks about three suburban blocks to school and home.  At this point, that's my limit.  

Jack_Squat
by Silver Member on Mar. 4, 2015 at 9:57 AM
My kids have literally never walked anywhere by themselves.
Guerita6hijos
by New Member on Mar. 4, 2015 at 9:59 AM
To the bathroom, their rooms or in our home. That's about it.

Mine are all 7 and under.

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Parents Who Let Kids Take a Walk Alone Found Guilty of 'Neglect'​





kids walking


Back in December, Silver Springs, Maryland couple Danielle and
Alexander Meitiv allowed their two kids -- 10-year-old son Rafi and
6-year-old daughter Devora -- to walk one mile home from the park without adult supervision. As a result, they've just been found guilty of "usubstantiated child neglect." How awful!

First off, "unsubstantiated child neglect" means that Child
Protective Services will keep a file on the family for at least five
years, which complicates what could happen if the kids are caught
roaming around town again on their own. So no, the kids aren't being
confiscated, thank god, but this is still scary news -- and not just for
the Meitivs.


More from The Stir: Leaving Your Kids Home Alone: What Age Is the Right Age?


Because let's face it: once kids reach a certain age, many parents
are fine sending them down the road to the local 7-11 for a Slurpee, or
letting them stroll those few blocks to a nearby park or school. These
parents are often pegged as "free range," and sure, not everyone agrees
with their principals. Still, it's one thing for parents to differ and
debate how much freedom to grant their kids. It's a whole other ball
game for the government to step in with criminal proceedings and label
these "free range" practices "neglect"!


Because where will this end: Will parents have to stay glued to their
kids' sides wherever they go, whatever the age, or else risk getting
written up by the CPS? If so, it's bound to create a whole lot of
unhappy families. Kids need their freedom, and parents need the freedom
to raise their kids however they think is right (within reason, of
course).


In any case, it looks like moms may have one more thing to worry about when they send their kids outside. Sigh.


 


What's the furthest you let your kids walk on their own?

Mrs.KAZ
by Gold Member on Mar. 4, 2015 at 10:05 AM
To their friends houses down the street. My oldest walks with the youngest on the way there and back. And I can see them out of the upstairs window.
IhartU
by Gold Member on Mar. 4, 2015 at 10:07 AM

 Since the age of 10, my kids were allowed to walk the 3 blocks to school & the school park/playground and to their friends' house if it wasn't more than 3 blocks.

 

 

 

redneck_kids
by Bronze Member on Mar. 4, 2015 at 10:32 AM
My 17 year old still doesn't walk anywhere but for a nature walk on our property.
MyMyOhMy
by Gold Member on Mar. 4, 2015 at 10:47 AM

About a mile to the rec center. 

jcrew6
by Platinum Member on Mar. 4, 2015 at 11:03 AM

Since they all run cross country, I would say about a 1-2 mile radius from our home. 

canadianmom1974
by Platinum Member on Mar. 4, 2015 at 11:27 AM
Depends on the weather, which kid, where we are, etc. We don't set arbitrary rules, it's almost always situational based.
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PhantomRose88
by Member on Mar. 4, 2015 at 11:44 AM

They have never walked anywhere alone (10 and 7).  

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