Why My 12-year-old Is Riding Public Transit Alone

I'm nervous posting this because of the freakout when Lenore Skenazy let her 9-year-old ride public transit alone.  I don't want to be the next "America's Worst Mom"!  But I think it's important to talk about how to approach children's independence safely and gradually so that they learn the skills they'll need as adults. Nicholas is … Continue reading Why My 12-year-old Is Riding Public Transit Alone

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Public Transit and Summer Fun (Plus tips on vacationing in Pittsburgh!)

Warm weather is here, and I'm looking forward to summer!  We won't be taking any big vacations; most weekdays, I'll be going to work in my office as usual, and our seven-year-old Nicholas will be attending art and natural history day camps at the Carnegie Museum while his dad works from home.  I take a … Continue reading Public Transit and Summer Fun (Plus tips on vacationing in Pittsburgh!)

Mothering in transit

The distance from our home to our childcare center is less than three miles. In rush-hour traffic, it's a 20-minute drive. But almost every day, Nicholas and I make the trip by public transit, taking two buses and at least 45 minutes in each direction. I could walk that distance in that time! Am I insane?! No. I'm convinced that public transit is a wonderful way to travel with a young child. The conveniences more than make up for the inconveniences, that extra time is time we spend together, and the trip is full of learning experiences for my child and me.