At the age of 7 I was able to walk to and from school and at the age of 8 my 4 yr old brother and I used to walk a couple of blocks to the store .. by the age of 11 my brother was 7 we used to go get lost! We used to ride out bikes around the neighborhood and get into all sorts of adventures! All we had to do was come home at a certain time, after that either we had to eat dinner, do homework or depending on the season and amount of daylight we could go disappear for another couple of hours! Those were the days!
We never thought it was odd or weird, the world wasn't scary, we knew how to cross streets, we knew not to get near strangers and most of the neighborhood knew us.. If something happened we could even go to the nearest store and they'd help us since they were all mom and pop shops.
Anyway fast forward to me having my own kids..
The world scares me!!!!!
I could never leave my 5 year old to care for her sister.. I don't think she would even know what to do! I cannot imagine her walking home to and from school alone, ever! When you see the news about missing children.. it's always the kids walking alone! Though I know most people that harm children are people the children know..
I want to cover my daughters in a bubble forever but then again I don't want them to grow up naive, sheltered, scared! I am sure there is a balance somewhere... and I have to slowly learn to let go more and more..
Remember the lady that turned into a debate not that long ago for letting her 9yr old ride the subway alone? She has a site Freerangekids A lot of what she says makes sense.. .
"Not that facts make any difference. Somehow, a whole lot of parents are just convinced that nothing outside the home is safe. At the same time, they’re also convinced that their children are helpless to fend for themselves. While most of these parents walked to school as kids, or hiked the woods — or even took public transportation — they can’t imagine their own offspring doing the same thing."
YEP THAT'D BE ME
As my child gets older.. I start wondering about these things.. what kind of a childhood am I going to give her.. a sheltered caged one or a free range one... Sure there is a balance.. but finding it is going to be one heck of an adventure..
What do you think about the subject? Did you used to wonder off far from home too? Would you let your children? Have you even thought about this yet? I'd love to hear your opinions.. especially from those with older children.. Do you let them be kids?
One Scaredy Cat Momma!