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At what age should parents stop walking their children to the bus stop?

I have two daughters who are 12 and 10 years old. Every morning the three of us walk to the school bus stop together. Most of the other children who still walk with their parents are younger than my daughters.
Stay just as you are! There is too much nonsense, these days , about a child's independence. A mother such as you should be praised for your care and attentiveness.
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take your frog-ass opinion and depart immediately LOL
SingleMother · 41-45, F
[@669203,EugenieLaBorgia] Thanks!!
ToyMan · 56-60, M
Only you know the area and what you feel comfortable with. Growing up I lived in the country so myself and the neighbor kids would walk ourselves. But if you live in a bigger city I'd still be concerned even at their age.

Use the time as good bonding to have conversations and such. Don't make it look like you're walking to the bus stop but instead enjoying a nice walk and their company.
Keepitsimple · 51-55, F
Are they within view? Not so sure about the 10 year old. The world has changed from when we were young.
Keepitsimple · 51-55, F
[@689790,SingleMother] yes my thoughts exactly. My kids are grown now but I never was a helicopter mom. I did the common sense thing and relied on my gut.
SingleMother · 41-45, F
[@11509,Quietrumble] I have been told that I’m a “helicopter mom” which frustrates me because I just want to do what’s best for my girls
Keepitsimple · 51-55, F
Your kids, your rules. Do what makes you feel comfortable while also teaching them independence.[@689790,SingleMother]
SwarmSona · F
Depends on the area you live but they're probably fine
RogueLoner · M
There's nothing wrong with all three of you walking to the bus stop together. There should be more family togetherness in this world. If it were me, I would drive them to school and pick them up. I don't know if that is possible for you...but that's what I think of public schools. All it takes is one nut, one bully, or one kid with a gun.
time to cut 'em loose. you're becoming a glommy ..

JayneA · 36-40, F
It is your choice and the girls need to understand you are helping to keep them safe. You know what is right for you and the area you live in
JayneA · 36-40, F
[@689790,SingleMother] you are being sensible and the girls need to understand that
SingleMother · 41-45, F
[@607256,jaynealcock] I hope they understand that
JayneA · 36-40, F
[@689790,SingleMother] I am sure they will if you continue educating them in the right way and keeping them safe
ASouthernGentleman · 31-35, M
I would say when the older daughter is 14. Then she can look out for herself and her younger sister. However, it also depends on your area. In the meantime keep walking them. You will miss it before you know it.
Cydramech · 36-40, M
I don't even remember parents accompanying their kids to school back in my day, and it was far more dangerous than it is today. We just chose to walk with our friends and that was the end of it.
RodneyTrotter · 51-55, M
I started walking to school alone or with friends at 9 but I live in a small town and it was a safer place back then.
RogueLoner · M
Bus stop? In my town, the bus picks up kids in front of their house...EVERY house. Stop, pick up, go 20 feet and stop again, all morning.
Thevy29 · 36-40, M
In a ideal world they'd be safe walking to school alone.
FreeSpirit1 · 51-55, F
11 is when I stopped with my son

 
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