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In our yard, under 5yrs
In our yard, 5yrs
In our yard, 6yrs
In our yard, 7yrs
In our yard, 8yrs
In our yard, 9yrs
In our yard, 10yrs or over
Out of our yard, under 5yrs
Out of our yard, 5yrs
Out of our yard, 6yrs
Out of our yard, 7yrs
Out of our yard, 8yrs
Out of our yard, 9yrs
Out of our yard, 10yrs or over
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I put under 5 unsupervised in my yard, but it's not completely unsupervised, because I am constantly peeking out the window to check on him.
hmmmmmmm.... I'll have to think about the best way to answer the poll.
It took me a long time to be comfortable with leaving the kids out the back without me there...even now at 6 and 5(x2) - i always pop out to check on them every so often.
Out of the yard - I don't know yet - we definitley haven't got to that point yet, because they haven't demonstrated enough responsibilty. Although they are getting there. They showed me on the weekedn that they could walk up to another campsite (about half a block away), play for a bit and then come back.
So I suppose I am lengthening the 'lead' a little
Unsupervised in private (ie secure back yard) or public (playground, deli etc)?
In our backyard under 5 years is fine...not that we have much of a yard here and I can see where the kids play out the back from all the main living areas plus my bedroom so my 2 year old is allowed out when he wants to. In a normal yard, as long as my 6 and 4 year old were with him he could be out there. Although in saying that I check on them all the time. I wouldn't let my kids go outside to play and then go and take a nap, or watch a dvd or something. Growing up the kitchen used to overlook the yard so my mum did a lot of cooking when we were in the yard! lol
In our unfenced front yard or out on the pathways of our street on our own...not until they are at least 10. I am happy for them to run around with the older kids in the street while I talk to the neighbours and we keep an eye on them but for me to be inside and them to be playing outside...not at these ages that's for sure.
Maybe that makes me sound neurotic but there is enough attempted child abductions around here to make me extra paranoid and cars come flying up our street so I'm just not comfortable with it.
Last edited by Areca; 10-04-2012 at 16:51.
My eldest is 7.5 id let him go into the backyard unsupervised. although he wont, he's too anxious and scared to be on his own.
Not the front yard
And ds#2... When he shows he wont get himself killed. This child acts dangerously on a daily basis!
Under 5 in our yard but I always leave the door open and the dog out there with him. We live on acreage and DS is 3.5yo. He knows he's only allowed on the attached deck area and the grassy bit around it which I can see clearly from the house. Our dog is only small but she barks at anything that comes in the yard or that walks along the road so that's why I leave her out there with him, extra peace of mind.
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