Letting Your Kid Walk to School: 7 Safety Tips

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Be realistic
While there is no "magic age" for pedestrian readiness, About.com suggests taking inventory of your child's pedestrian skills, carefully considering whether they are... more 
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Be realistic
While there is no "magic age" for pedestrian readiness, About.com suggests taking inventory of your child's pedestrian skills, carefully considering whether they are ready to walk to school without adult supervision.
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Wed, Aug 29, 2012 3:14 PM EDT
We bought our house located less than a quarter of a mile from an elementary school the spring before Boy Wonder started kindergarten. "How great it will be to walk to and from school when he gets just a little older!" we thought. Five years later as Boy Wonder gears up to enter the 5th grade where apparently "everybody walks to school" he's begging for the opportunity to go it alone. Sigh. Really? I suspect sometime within this 5th grade school year I'll loosen the reins and allow him to walk alone … I think … maybe … but only if he follows these very important safety tips for walking to school -check 'em out! - Lori Garcia

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