This week we started letting the children (ages 8 and 7) go around the block on their bikes or scooters by themselves. Well, all together but without adults. We live a very large (but not especially populated) neighborhood in a somewhat rural area, not a lot of cars. We instructed them to stay to the side of the road, stop at each intersection and wait for all four siblings to catch up before crossing together, and they can wave and say hi to neighbors, but no stopping to talk. I do feel they are safe and smart/savvy enough to be doing this, but it's a weird feeling to see them go off down the road like that! I think the biggest, most real danger is that one will fall and get a skinned knee and be quite a ways home when it happens. Their siblings would be nearby to tell them to sympathize or encourage them to buck up. And that wouldn't be the end of the world, either, really. They do seem quite proud of themselves at being allowed to do this. Is anyone else at this point yet?