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Exploring the Neighbourhood? How Young, How Far?

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I was having coffee with a good friend the other day and we got talking about our kids and their growing independence. It seems they are suddenly itching to take on some risks and responsibilities. My friend’s son, at the age of nine, is desperate to be able to walk to and from the local footy oval on his own. Another friend’s daughter wants to ride her bike to the bakery to meet her friends. So how do we know when it’s time to let our children ‘go it alone’?   The answer depends on your child, and there are many things to think about. Often by age 10 our children are asking for more freedom and responsibility. I was surprised the other day when my almost 10 year old asked if she and her friend could walk around the shopping mall on their own. They feel they are ready to spread their wings, yet I feel reluctant to let them. Somewhere in betwe...(sign-up as a member to continue reading this article)

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