Popping over to ask about f/t working parents who drove their HS kids to school

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Popping over to ask about f/t working parents who drove their HS kids to school
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Fri, 10-07-2011 - 8:51am


I usually hang out at the 10-14 year olds board but I

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Sure am!

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I remember those band competitions! Oldest ds was a die hard bando all 4 years; youngest just did 2 years. Wonder if your school competes with ours. I tried sending you a pm through Ivillage but it's having issues. If you get a chance and/or feel comfortable pop me an email at jlsjjsmom@yahoo.com.
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My children's grade school was just under a mile (.9) from our house. Both my DD, and DS, walked it every day from kindergarten thru 8th grade. They would walk to and from in the evening also as that was where their Scout meetings were held.

DS's high school was just over a mile (1.4) from our house. He would usually walk, ride his bike, or skateboard, to school every day in good weather. In winter he walked.

We are just outside of Chicago and have gale force winds, sub-zero temperatures, and snow up to our eyeballs in winter. My kids learned as small children how to dress for the weather, and have had no problems walking in it for 20+ years now.

A distance of under a mile is nothing to walk, and less than nothing to ride a bike. It is basically just a couple of blocks! I suggest taking the next two years to get your DD a bit more independent, used to dressing appropriately for the weather, and used to being out walking in it.

Take a walk with her to the school and see what is around it. Is your local library nearby? She can go over there to do homework after school. She might go over to a friends house after school to study. Lots of options other than to have you stay home to babysit her.

 

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If your DD still has two years before you have to worry about this, a lot will change. It may seem weird to you to let your DD come home alone for a few hours each day, but by the time she's 14, you will both be ready for her to do this, especially if she's the studious type. And lots of high schools do have kids just hanging around after school without supervision.

My son is a freshman and has to wait until 5 almost every day until his older sister finishes cross country practice. He brings his laptop to school, does his homework,eats a

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You are probably right....:-)).
Chimi
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Thank you!! You are so kind. DD is 13 and in 8th grade.
Prabha
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DD will happily walk if she walks in a group. Although she is a bookish type, she loves her karate classes and goes a lot to these classes.
Thanks,
Chimi
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Thank you all for an intelligent discussion of my ramblings and not pooh-poohing my concerns. It was great to get so many opinions. Have a wonderful weekend with gorgeous weather.
Chimi
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Ekmama, in some towns, there are no sidewalks, so there's no safe place to walk when there's heavy snow on the ground.

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So much wil change when she gets to HS.