I used to ride the bus to school myself at 7 or so. Admittedly, Jerusalem in the 70s was a pretty quiet place…well, except for the occasional bus bombing (this was before the days of suicide bombers; the terrorists would leave a bomb in the bus’s wastebasket or under a seat and get off before it detonated). But this was how even sheltered, overprotected me lived at the time. Nowadays, some of my neighbors won’t let their teenagers ride the bus. 9/11 notwithstanding, I don’t think Ms. Skenazy’s son really has to worry about that. As she points out, the chance of his getting abducted is extremely small, though it’s uppermost on the mind of every overprotective parent. and there is a definite benefit to a child who can prove him/herself a reliable, independent human being. Too much coddling can’t possibly be good for any child. And I wish I wasn’t speaking from experience…
But why shouldn’t a 9 year old be able to navigate around Manhattan himself? Depending on the child, of course. My eldest ( 10 ) would take to it with ease. My younger son ( 8 ) is somewhat more flighty, but he could probably manage in a year from now, with a little initial guidance.
Anyway, definitely a blog to watch and potential blogroll fodder.
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