So, we've been asking ourselves the question 'When should they walk to school on their own?' recently.
So, it all started just before the beginning of this new term. Not so little Miss was going to be 9 in November (November 2017) and she wanted to start walking to school on her own. Now, there are some children in her class that, it seems, do walk to school on their own - but we felt a little uncomfortable at that time.
See, although she is 9, from a few posts you may have read, we're not sure if she just traits of ASD, if she has Sensory Processing Disorder or anything else. It may be nothing. But we didn't feel it was the right time.
That said, over the past 3-4 months, what we have been doing is walking the 1/4 mile to school with her - then letting her make her own way into the school from there. We stop at the school gates and we can see her go in.
This way, we know she gets there safely and she has a little independence.
The question is 'When should they walk to school on their own?'.
With today's news being accessible at the click of a button, we read all the bad headlines out there. It really is a worrying time for a parent. We are all very protective of our family, our kids, and you really don't want to do anything of risk to them. Could there be a risk at 9? Do we wait till she is 10 or more? Questions that all need answering.
I think, for us, we are aiming for the start of the next school year. Through this year we are going to try and continue getting both our daughter and us, ready for this big step. It is a big step, we have to let go and that is really difficult. After years of doing this school run, we have to stop.
To be honest, I really enjoy the walk in a morning. I enjoy walking down, getting that fresh air and exercise. I think I won't be sure what to do? It's still quite a few months off yet though, so I am going to make the most of it.
I know, she will enjoy that little bit of independence when it comes, we won't enjoy letting go - I know that much - and we will always worry. That's what being a parent is all about though... Worrying.
Have you already been through this? Got any suggestions for us and everyone else reading this? I'd love to hear your thoughts, why not leave a comment below.