I am interested in having a good discussion about why those who drive their kids to school do so. Is it because you think they are safer? Is it because it is easier for you? Is it because there are no school buses? Is it because they tell you it is too far to walk, or bike? Is it because of heavy backpacks or musical instruments or sports equipment?
My kids have always walked in elementary school and used bikes for middle and high school. We have never let them think that being driven to school on a regular basis was ever an option. Sure they have complained at times, when it rained in particular, but they have learned it doesn't get us to change our minds. In return, they are independent, know their way around town, and end up being better drivers when they start learning.
My feeling is that thinking they might want to go by themselves when they get older isn't going to work. If they are used to you driving them everywhere, they will never expect anything else.
What are your views? Please state the age of your kids and the length of the school commute as well as your reasons. Thanks.