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Would you let a 6yo walk down to the local shop with her 9 (almost 10) yr old sister and 11 yr old cousin?

(30 Posts)
Plonker Fri 30-Oct-09 12:07:18

I have made the decision - I just wondered what the majority of people would do.

It is 5 minutes there and 5 minutes back. 2 very quiet roads and no main roads to cross, although about a minute of the journey is walking along the main road.

So, would you?


RubberDuck Fri 30-Oct-09 12:09:13

I would, as long as the sister and cousin are usually sensible and you trust them.

Aimsmum Fri 30-Oct-09 12:09:54

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Aimsmum Fri 30-Oct-09 14:24:26

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BlueKangerooWonders Fri 30-Oct-09 14:32:56

I would!

Plonker Fri 30-Oct-09 15:58:13

Sorry, yes I did grin

LilyBolero Fri 30-Oct-09 15:59:22

yes, what's more I'd let my 6 year old go on her own.

SixtyFootGhoul Fri 30-Oct-09 16:03:20

def yes

inthesticks Fri 30-Oct-09 16:29:03

Yes but I'd be stood watching them.

serenity Fri 30-Oct-09 16:37:36

Yes, if I knew they were all fairly sensible.

GrumpyYoungFogey Fri 30-Oct-09 21:21:38

I'd let my six year old go down to the shop by themselves, with instructions to come straight back and not talk to any strangers. After all, that's what my parent's would have let me do in 198-mumble.

Danthe4th Fri 30-Oct-09 21:48:23

Yes I do but the older children have mobiles, it just gives me that bit of reasurance.

halfcut Fri 30-Oct-09 21:49:32


LynetteScavo Fri 30-Oct-09 21:52:20


I don't let my 6 year old go to the shop, a similar distance with his 10 year old brother.

ProfessorLaytonIsMyZombieSlave Fri 30-Oct-09 21:55:01

Depends on the 6yo, 9yo and 11yo in question. I certainly wouldn't get all automatically judgey over someone else doing it.

suwoo Fri 30-Oct-09 22:12:51

Yes. But definitely not on her own as some others have suggested.

GrapefruitMoon Fri 30-Oct-09 22:16:46

Not my nearly 6 year old - because he is not sensible enough yet. Spend most of yesterday screeching at him to come back and hold my hand and he thought it was hilarious to ignore me in the middle of London.

bigsquirtybloodylips Fri 30-Oct-09 22:18:54

my DSD takes DD1 to the local shops...there is no crossing roads. DSD was 9 when she started to take my dd1 who was 4.

piscesmoon Fri 30-Oct-09 22:23:43

Yes, I think it would be a bit insulting to the older ones to think they couldn't manage such a short, quiet trip.

piscesmoon Fri 30-Oct-09 22:25:09

When I was 11yrs I used to go much further with my 5 yr old brother-I was perfectly sensible and capable.

BiteOfFun Fri 30-Oct-09 22:28:47

Yes, I would, UTGSN.

YohoAhoy Fri 30-Oct-09 23:10:37

I saw this thread title, and turned to dh to say how things have changed - when we were about 8 or 9, a group of us took a neighbour's 2-year old daughter to the local shops. It was about 10 minutes away, and we had to cross several roads to get there. The mum let us take her without a qualm.

And then I remembered............

...............we forgot her and left her there blush

So I thought that wouldn't be very helpful.

All was fine though, and the neighbour let us take her around and about quite often. And we never forgot her again grin

LynetteScavo Sat 31-Oct-09 09:57:45


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