Re: How old before you let your child........ and why?
To me it would depend on the town and how populated and traveled it was as well as the kids responsiblity level. My son is 6 and I think I would let him go except I wouldn't want him to go alone and my next to youngest is 4. So I would probably wait a year and let them go when they would be 7 and 5. Although this is hypothetical for me since we live in the country. They do explore our fields and woods solo but aren't allowed to wonder too far just yet. They are very mature which makes a big difference. My youngest is 2 and SN and to say that she wouldn't be allowed the same things would be an understatment.