Last week Lily (7y) decided she wanted to start walking to school by
herself. It's not very far, she knows the way, and if anything
happens she has pretty good common sense. The main problem is cars:
while we've been practicing crossing the street, she's not good enough
at it do it completely on her own. We realized, though, that if she
went a slightly longer way she would only need to cross two
streets: one right by our house and another that has a crossing guard.
We went out and practiced: she walked the route with me staying well
behind. When she got to the second crossing I pretended to be the
crossing guard. She seemed ready to do it on her own.
The next morning, after getting herself ready,
I walked her across the first street and then she set off on her own.
I stayed, watching, in case she ran into issues. When she got to where
the crossing guard should be, she turned around and came running back
crying: "the crossing guard isn't there!" It turns out that the
crossing guard was just around the corner, leaning on their car. Once
Lily saw this, I turned around, and Lily took it from there.
The remaining mornings that week I continued hanging out and watching
until I could see the crossing guard helping her across the
street. She didn't have any more problems, and this week I'm no longer
She is quite proud of herself, and I'm glad she's able to be a bit
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You might be interested in this perspective from the Not Just Bikes YouTube channel that Amsterdam being designed for pedestrians and bikers makes this problem of worrying about your kids being hit by a car mostly go away.