Bus Stops!

So... I STILL stand out at the bus stop with my children! (Ages 10, 8 , and 5) ...and I stand out there and wait for them to get off the bus. Our bus stop is only 2 houses away from our house...but i still feel it is important to be out there with them.

At what ages do you let your children wait at the bus stop alone?

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    04/08/14
    My child is only 2, so at this point it's not really a problem. When I was a kid, my mom let us pretty much go wherever we wanted unattended as long as someone knew where we were and we were home when the street lights came on. I remember walking home from elementary school in the first grade with just my twin sister and my fourth grade brother. He moved on to a new school in 5th grade, and my sister and I walked home by ourselves ever since, from schools and bus stops (our bus stops were further away from home than yours. Something like 5 or 6 blocks). I'm not saying it's necessarily okay for your kids to run wild like we did (sad to say, those were safer times), but if you trust your kids to come straight home from the bus stop and make sure that they know what to do in a situation where someone tries to coerce them into a danger and that the older child knows that it's their job to protect their younger siblings, then I think that they could probably make it 2 houses down. It's really all about what you're comfortable with and how much you trust your kids and your neighborhood.
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      04/08/14
      I say as long as you can afford the luxury do it! Or at least until they start to get embarrassed, even then, still do it sometimes :)
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        04/08/14
        Melissa Middleton
        Even if my child were a teen, I still would because one never knows these days. Even teens are snatched! I would be even more so about a teen daughter because girls are more likely to be snatched, especially teen girls. It may embarrass him but I am his mother and it is my job to protect him. However, I may end up driving to pick him up from school when he is ready to go. Right now, he is my sweet, innocent 3 month old. :)
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          04/08/14
          I think as long as ur kids feel comfortable if they like u be there for them, right now all I that's all I could say. My baby boy will let me know when I should stop doing it . But he is still has unborn yet. I'll see...:)
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            04/09/14
            4Jenn
            i did til mine were teenagers and the rule when they were teens that they stayed in groups.
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              04/11/14
              April bowen
              my daughter is 13 so she goes out by herself. it is right out front of the house. so I can look out and still keep an eye on her.
              I still go out for my boys (ages 9 and 6 1/2) I go out in the morning. in the afternoon I open the door and when the bus comes I watch them come home. The bus driver will not let some of the kids off the bus if she doesn't see any adult coming to get kids. by now she knows who belongs to who. Which I think is great.
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                05/08/14
                Amanda Hurley
                I usually let my 6 year old walk to the stop alone, but there are plenty of other parents I know and trust. I walk her down when I can, but with two other little ones and hubby at work, its difficult. I usually have another parent get her off the bus and watch her walk home.
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                  05/08/14
                  Amanda Muir
                  My kids' bus stop is right across the street from our house and it's residential and not a busy road. In our school district, they won't let children off of the bus in kindergarten or grade 1 without a parent present to get them. But in grade 2 they are allowed. So on the days that my daughter is going to kindy I walk them both over, but on the days it is just my son going to grade 2 I stand at the door and watch him cross and watch until he is on the bus and the bus is driving away. I also stand at the door to watch him get off the bus after school and walk across the street.
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