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    Quote Originally Posted by trishalishous View Post
    we are 'free range' parents too.
    If DD was knocked over by a swing Id be telling her "watch out for the swings darling, you have to look where you are going"
    Okay but some of those swings go so high, and if there is a bigger child on it it can cause serious damage to your DD! My daughter has NEVER been knocked over by a swing and it is because im extra vigilant when it comes to her being around them. Her friend has had 3 broken bones and a knocked out tooth because her mother was of the mind that kids will be kids and they will learn not to go near the swings again once they are hurt...


    I never understood this mentality. Why wait till your kid is knocked out?

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    I see both sides to this. I am happy for my kids to run around the park and me just watch them but if they are going near swings I go and grab them and make sure they're not going to get hit. I think it is every parents responsibility to watch their child and ensure they are safe. A little kid getting hit by a fast swinging child could cause some serious damage. I caught a kid last week at the park as he ran between me and the swing and I was just grateful I caught him. His mum was heavily pregnant and couldn't catch him...I do get annoyed when parents are ignoring their kids cause they're too busy talking to their friends and aren't even watching what their kids are doing but I never say anything and if you were attending to your baby then I wouldn't have minded.

    Kids can get seriously hurt at parks. DD1, who is 6, was swinging over the top of a low monkey bar at the park on Friday night and a friend lifted her legs up and pushed her off the bar. She landed on her back on soft floor, was knocked unconscious, stopped breathing and started to fit. I'm probably a bit of a helicopter parent in the sense that I always want to be able to see my kids at the park but after Friday night I'm happy to be that parent. DD1 was at a school event so DH could very easily have lost sight of her and figured she was okay, especially being 6, and continued to socialise....but he kept an eye on her the whole time which was very lucky because no other adult saw it...none of them realised what was happening until DH yelled for someone to help.
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    It sounds like that mothers reaction was more a result of her own stress rather than your parenting - she may have been having one of those days... Don't worry about it, it's not like you ignored the situation and continued to let DD walk behind high-flying swings.

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    Omg, Areca that must have been scary! I hope she's okay.

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    Thanks MissMuppet, incredibly she's fine. I wasn't there as I was home with a vomiting DD2 but DH was in shock for 2 days after and her best friend was in terrible shock as she thought she had died

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    Totally acceptable!!! My DS is 18 months old and he roams around the playground by himself!

    IMO, I'd help any child in trouble, as I would expect anyone else to help my kids out!!

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