9-Year-Old Rides the Subway Alone

9-Year-Old Rides the Subway Alone

I can remember being sent on errands by myself when I was 6 years old. I often worry our own kids (and everyone else in their generation) might be a bit too sheltered. This story may help you try a little independence.

I left my 9-year-old at Bloomingdale’s (the original one) a couple weeks ago. Last seen, he was in first floor handbags as I sashayed out the door.
Bye-bye! Have fun!
And he did. He came home on the subway and bus by himself.
Was I worried? Yes, a tinge. But it didn’t strike me as that daring, either. Isn’t New York as safe now as it was in 1963? It’s not like we’re living in downtown Baghdad.
Anyway, for weeks my boy had been begging for me to please leave him somewhere, anywhere, and let him try to figure out how to get home on his own. Read more…

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