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Child Crossing Street Without Adult

When Can a Child Let Go of Mom's Hand While Crossing the Street?

Crossing the street on one's own is a major milestone. But before children ever set out on the pedestrian path alone, a parent has to loosen their grip. At some point, mom or dad decides a tot is mature enough to walk next to them rather than hand in hand. The decision to take this step often comes with an incredible trust that the youngster will listen to directions and won't dart out into traffic. When did you allow your kiddo to do this?

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amber512 amber512 5 years
I agree, I think it has less to do with a child's age and more to do with their maturity level.
Rebecca-M-Gruber Rebecca-M-Gruber 5 years
Great timing! On the walk to school this morning, my now 5-year-old told me that he is old enough to walk next to me and not hold my hand. He thought we should try it. Little did he know that I was holding the hood of his jacket the whole time!
miss-leanne miss-leanne 5 years
Pretty sure at 23 years old, my parents still hang onto my arm if we're together. I usually grab into anyone with me out of habit too. haha
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