no dog here!
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
no dog here!
In our yard my nearly 4 year old goes in and out as he pleases, ds1 6 goes up our street and plays on the island( dead end street ) with other kids in the street never alone only when there is a group of then and they are supervised half the time cause there is always a parent going out to check on them.
I let my 26 month old in the backyard by himself. I check on him every few minutes, and more often if I see him near bushes coz I get worried that there are spiders.
We don't have pets and our backyard is secure so he can't get out on his own.
Generally he will take one of his ride-on cars out with him anyway so I can always hear the sound of him pushing the car around.
But the amount of times I've read how casually parents will leave young children and even babies alone with the dog and just walk off to do something else out of eye range is atrocious!
My dog is service trained so as close to emotionally perfect as can be, but she is never ever left alone with children of any age, not even teenagers. I don't even leave her alone with adult strangers, I know from experience that some adults don't know when to back off and leave a clearly uncomfortable dog alone.
We don't have a dog but when we get one (this year some time) I won't leave my kids alone with it until they are a bit older. My 6 year old yes I would trust, I would even trust my 4 year old but my 2 year old needs to be older.
I'm not worried about my kids playing with their pets without me being there every single second. Once they are at the age where they can understand that the dog needs its space too then I'm fine with it. Other people's kids I'll make sure are fully supervised...I can teach my kids but I wouldn't trust other people's kids to know.
In our yard, I let them play 'unsupervised' meaning I'm not actually in exactly the same place as they are.... which is always, as there are 5 of them all doing different things. But I love our yard, it's awesome, it's a square block with the house in the middle and excellent play spaces on all four sides. So the front is for bikes and scooters, the right side has the swing set, trampoline and sandpit, the back has space for ball games and the left side is mainly used for water play...
And it's fully fenced with a big heavy gate... so yeah, they can all play pretty much as they please around the yard.
Outside the house... absolutely not yet for Gabriel, Julian or Lysander... however Oliver and Jordan have 'bike boundaries' which they can use if they ask me (which is basically around the corner and into the first street on the right, which is a cul-de-sac) If our house was on a road with a proper footpath, I'd have no issue with them riding to the park or to school unsupervised next year... but there isn't a proper footpath for the first km... so I or DH go with them.
ETA: oh is this about dogs...?? We don't have one. But I'd never let them play unsupervised with a dog.
DS1 plays outside by himself sometimes, but I am constantly checking on him. He goes outside whenever he wants to, provided the weather is decent. Our yard is fully fenced with 6ft high colour bond steel. We don't have any fencing in the front, so he only comes out with me to check the mail.
He won't be playing out of our yard on his own, until he's a teenager
He is 19 months old.
Last edited by nicoletta; 11-04-2012 at 12:03.
my 4 year old plays unsupervised in our backyard AND front yard. we live in a quiet culdesac in a small suburb. the dog goes everywhere but im still not concerned.. my nine month old.. well she doesnt go anywhere without me yet i can only dream of a time where I open the door and say "you two go play."
My pair are 3 in a few weeks and play in the backyard all the time.
It's secure with high fence and gate. I leave the back door open so they can come and go as they like and I can hear them. I can also see them clearly from the kitchen and lounge room.
They'd play outside all day if I let them.
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