Jump to content

Hypothetical Question
Would you let your 12 year old DD...........


  • Please log in to reply
42 replies to this topic

#1 Senna

Posted 31 January 2013 - 09:33 PM

........... walk 3km home from highschool by herself, 2 afternoons a week, and sit at home for 30-45 minutes(again by herself) until you got home from work?

#2 Mitis angelam

Posted 31 January 2013 - 09:36 PM

Depends on the child, but probably.

#3 babychacha

Posted 31 January 2013 - 09:36 PM

Staying at home by herself - yes.

The walk though - is it through a safe area, could she be picked on (by other kids/randoms) does she have a mobile phone? 3ks can be a long walk if you're getting hassled.

#4 Fright bat

Posted 31 January 2013 - 09:38 PM

I'd get her a bike.

#5 TheVapours

Posted 31 January 2013 - 09:39 PM

QUOTE (babychacha @ 31/01/2013, 10:36 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Staying at home by herself - yes.

The walk though - is it through a safe area, could she be picked on (by other kids/randoms) does she have a mobile phone? 3ks can be a long walk if you're getting hassled.


If this is an issue, what about riding a bike home?  Much easier to get away if you need to.

#6 FreeRangeMum

Posted 31 January 2013 - 09:39 PM

Depending on the area she would be walking through. But yes, in our area I would.

#7 bakesgirls

Posted 31 January 2013 - 09:39 PM

Yes, I would allow my 12 year old to do that.

#8 jayskette

Posted 31 January 2013 - 09:41 PM

yes

#9 melaine

Posted 31 January 2013 - 09:42 PM

Yes, I would have no problem with that.

#10 **Tiger*Filly**

Posted 31 January 2013 - 09:43 PM

----.

Edited by Tyrone Finkelmeyer, 26 March 2013 - 08:03 PM.


#11 Senna

Posted 31 January 2013 - 09:53 PM

Yes it is a safe middle class, very low crime suburb.  Most of the walk is along a main thoroughfare in our suburb.  There are heaps of other school kids walking home in the same direction.  

My DD did this today.  There is a bus she can catch home, but she insisted on giving walking a go.  She started highschool this week and doesn't have any friends walking home in the same direction.  She could ride a bike I guess, but it is mostly uphill.  She is very sensible and has a mobile programmed with emergency numbers.

I've copped a lot of flack about letting her walk from a friend and people at work.

Just curious what other people let their children do.

Edited by cantstayaway, 31 January 2013 - 10:01 PM.


#12 Kafkaesque

Posted 31 January 2013 - 09:55 PM

Yes I would and fully intend my children to get themselves to and from school at that age.

#13 Spa Gonk

Posted 31 January 2013 - 09:56 PM

I don't have any kids this age, but it sounds fine to me.

#14 blackcat20

Posted 31 January 2013 - 10:15 PM

Yes. I travelled an hour by PT to/from school when I was 12.

#15 *-*

Posted 31 January 2013 - 10:21 PM

Absolutely fine.  Friend is a little too protective.

#16 Crinkle cut

Posted 01 February 2013 - 06:00 AM

I think it's geat she wants to walk :-).  3 km is not that far - maybe half an hour, and if it is through town I'm sure it's very safe.

#17 Ianthe

Posted 01 February 2013 - 06:12 AM

She is in high school-of course it is fine.

#18 Fr0g

Posted 01 February 2013 - 06:16 AM

My 11 year old DS does it now. He might walk, ride his bike, or skate. He knocks around the neighbourhood with plenty of other kids doing the same.

So my response would be yes!

#19 mumto3princesses

Posted 01 February 2013 - 06:18 AM

Yes.

Although I would pressume being 3km's away she would be able to get a bus pass if she wanted to get the bus.

My DD#1 does the same some days only we aren't far enough away for a bus pass so I just make sure she has bus money if she needs it and also money for a cold drink or slurpee on very hot days.



#20 adl

Posted 01 February 2013 - 06:28 AM

My GF daughter started doing this first year high school, she's knows to come to me we are near neighbours if any issues ....but I just thought when I read your post how wonderful she wants to walk rather than take bus ..such healthy exercise when you hear so much about kids not getting exercise!!!

#21 Placebo

Posted 01 February 2013 - 06:34 AM

Yes and yes  original.gif

My oldest dd just started high school this week.  Whilst it's a little far for her to walk, she will be taking the bus to and from school within the next couple of weeks (just have to get her a "Go Card").

She desperately wants to start part-time work at Coles or Woolies when she's of age, and dh and I want her to be confident in using the bus service.



#22 Coffeegirl

Posted 01 February 2013 - 06:54 AM

Yes I would.   We live a bit further than that from DD's school so she has a bus pass.

But she does walk from the high school to her brother's grade school afterschool and I pick them both up. It's about a km but there are lots of other kids that do the same.  

TBH my DD is a bit lazy and probably wouldn't walk 3 kms if she didn't have a friend with her, and end up taking the bus anyway



#23 MintyBiscuit

Posted 01 February 2013 - 07:05 AM

Definitely would. I was 11 when I started high school, and coming home involved a train, a bus, a ten minute walk and then generally being at home for 20-30 minutes before anyone else got home. I'd often walk further if I caught the wrong bus and had to get off at a different stop to my usual one. Not a problem at all IMO

#24 capper

Posted 01 February 2013 - 08:16 AM

I would be more worried about her carrying a heavy school bag that far than the walk home.  If the roads are busy and there are lots of people around and she is mature enough, then go for it.  

You never know, she may meet some kids to walk with.


#25 lozoodle

Posted 01 February 2013 - 08:40 AM

Yes, 3k is nothing and at 12 years old I wouldn't have a problem.




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Wondersuit heaven: Bonds & Disney launch exclusive collection

Bonds and Disney fans with babies to buy for will be celebrating this news. Bonds and Disney have just released collaboration Wondersuits.

Perth hospital mistakes cancerous tumour for "behavioural issues"

When Naomi Holly, a mother of three, noticed her eight-month-old daughter Nora, was having difficulty crawling and standing up as normal, she knew there was something wrong.

Piano playing dad soothes son to sleep in moments

There's nothing more frustrating, or distressing to a parent than a sick child who can't  - or won't got to sleep. 

Lucky escape for mum and bub after snake found in couch

Perth mother Laurie Rushton Dyble was sitting on a recliner chair in her home holding her six-month-old son when her husband suddenly told her to get up and leave the room.

When your partner misses the birth

While no one wants their partner to miss their baby’s birth, it can happen. Here’s what to do if you find yourself in that situation.

Motherhood challenge: smug or just a bit of fun?

The #motherhoodchallenge sounds harmless, doesn't it? Some women disagree.

Who's the mum? Family photo goes viral

Last year, it was "The Dress". This year, it is a family photo that is breaking the internet.

5 easy meditation practices for beginners

So who's with me? You know meditating is one of the best things you can possibly do for yourself.

Woman to go on trial for being a bad housewife

An Italian woman could face up to six years in jail after her husband accused her of not doing enough cooking and cleaning at home.

Is the latest advice on women and drinking over the top?

While most expectant mums know to stop drinking when they’re pregnant, experts now warn women should stop drinking earlier than that. Is this necessary?

How household chores can double as a workout

If there's less than a slim chance you'll find time to get out for a jog or to hit the gym today, take heart in knowing that household chores contribute to the calorie equation.

I have no idea what I'm doing - and that's okay

Why don't we talk about the fact that when everything goes right, we may still feel completely lost, and certain that we have failed?

Dad warns of hair tourniquet danger after baby almost loses toe

A shocked father has shared his family's experience in a bid to warn other parents about the dangers of hair becoming entangled around a baby's toe.

Town welcomes first baby in 28 years

Since the 1980s, the Italian town of Ostana had not seen the birth of a single baby.

How to start teaching your kids road safety

It's something that can be taught as early as possible and reinforced as they get older and more mobile - even from toddlerhood.

Just announced: Bugaboo Cameleon³ Classic+ Collection update

Meet the brand new understated chic model from Bugaboo.

The emotional moment a mum hears her late son's heartbeat

It's been two and a half years since Heather Clark's seven-month-old son Lukas passed away.

Nine reasons why you have 'brain fog'

One minute your productivity is skyrocketing and the next you're sitting there trying to focus – just like that you draw blank, your brain, mush.

I had a caesarean and it was beautiful

Guess what? Despite not pushing him out, I cried, and my heart skipped, and I felt the rush of love and pride when I saw him for the first time.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Penny Wong

'The most hurtful argument in the marriage equality debate'

Labor frontbencher Penny Wong is used to to hearing arguments against same-sex marriage. But for Australia's most prominent gay politician, one hurts more than others.

Does exercise have to be fun to work?

Some things in life are inherently served with a big scoop of fun: balloons, bubbles, cupcakes to name but a few, but exercise?

Hair dye gives woman second-degree burns

She wanted a fresh colour for 2016, but instead she got chemical burns.

Kelly Slater saves mum and toddler from 'freak wave'

A Perth family has thanked US surfing "legend" Kelly Slater after the star saved a mother and a young toddler from "a freak wave" in Hawaii.

Apple recalls millions of power adapters

Tech giant instigates massive international recall of power point adapters due to risk of electric shock.

Toddler's adorable alphabet goes viral

It's impossible not to share this little boy's excitement  about the alphabet.

Tot's nighttime waking saves family's life

Like all tired parents, Monique and Kyle Ruppel were looking forward to the day their 15-month-old daughter Celia would start sleeping through the night. 

Australian mum gives birth to quintuplets

An Australian mum who has shared the ups and downs of carrying quintuplets has welcomed her five babies into the world.

Dad of four girls faints at gender reveal for fifth baby

It was all too much excitement for this dad.

The simple way you can help your baby's language development

The way parents respond to their child's babbling can shape how their infants communicate.

Zika virus is 'spreading explosively': WHO

The World Health Organization announced that it will convene an emergency meeting about Zika.

National database recommended for child protection cases

Baby Ebony was repeatedly failed by the agencies tasked with her protection before her horrific death at the hands of her father, South Australia's deputy coroner says.

Hospitals put babies at risk by ignoring policy on elective caesareans

Thirty-eight weeks or 39? Non-medical factors are pushing women to have elective caesareans earlier than official guidelines - and hospitals are playing along.

Police help deliver baby on busy roadside

Two police officers delivered more than a traffic fine by the side of a busy Melbourne road yesterday.

1D's Louis Tomlinson shares first photo of baby

One Direction's Louis Tomlinson has posted the first picture of his baby boy, Freddie, on social media.

 

FREE TICKET

See Hi-5 LIVE in Melbourne!

Get your ticket to The Essential Baby & Toddler Show - register online now!

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.