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    I wouldn't, no.

    DS1 is 7 in a couple of months and Ds2 & DD are 5 1/2
    They free range a fair bit at the park etc..but no - I wouldn't create a barrier like that between us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskittyfantastico View Post
    Toilets scare the cr@p out of me - there was a little girl who was maybe 7 (?) so very close to DD's age and I'm sketchy on the details but her father was outside the toilets while she was violated and murdered.

    One of my ground rules at home (sport/social days as mentioned in a PP) is come and get me or another mum/friend when you want to go to the toilet.
    I feel very lucky to live in a village.
    That story is one of the worst I have ever heard. That poor girl

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    Quote Originally Posted by Witwicky View Post
    That story is one of the worst I have ever heard. That poor girl


    It's so hard to find a balance. DD (6.5) was invited to a sleepover party and I wanted her to experience that....so I slept over too (with DS2). I was in a different room, but she knew I was there if she needed me.

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    Yeah, toilets are scary. When I was working in a food court there was a guy caught hiding in the toilets just a little bit away from there. The foodcourt there only offered a parents room at this particular toileting spot (not very far away were the other options).

    God knows what he could have done. I have no idea if he succeeded in hurting anyone... but there were police all around because of it, so I assume something may have happened? How scary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by veve View Post
    yup that was in perth - her grandfather and brother (from memory?) walked her to the end of the toilet area (hall??) and waited there, she never came back out it was a truly horrible story
    I worked in that shopping centre at the time of her murder they thought she had gone to the females loo (she actually was in the disabled loo with her killer) and when she wasnt in the female loos they went back to the car thinking she'd gone to find them. They soon returned to the loos and the killer ran past them, and they found little Sofia inside. (Literally feeling sick to the stomach as i type!)

    Sadly enough I'd hear parents mention that incident to their children if they ran off from their patents, "don't run away from me because the bad man will get you" or "remember what happened to that little girl? You don't want that I happen to you do you?" I understand why they said it - to keep their kids in line and keep them safe - but it was rather disturbing to hear.

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    I am all for fostering independance...
    but we have had about 20
    publicised attempted abductions, i the last year.
    one of which was from a playground while the mothers back
    was turned... just around the corner
    from my house.

    so i am not smothering my children, its just that my risk
    assesment is a little
    different.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskittyfantastico View Post


    It's so hard to find a balance. DD (6.5) was invited to a sleepover party and I wanted her to experience that....so I slept over too (with DS2). I was in a different room, but she knew I was there if she needed me.
    That's a good idea

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    Quote Originally Posted by HollyGolightly View Post
    I worked in that shopping centre at the time of her murder they thought she had gone to the females loo (she actually was in the disabled loo with her killer) and when she wasnt in the female loos they went back to the car thinking she'd gone to find them. They soon returned to the loos and the killer ran past them, and they found little Sofia inside. (Literally feeling sick to the stomach as i type!)

    Sadly enough I'd hear parents mention that incident to their children if they ran off from their patents, "don't run away from me because the bad man will get you" or "remember what happened to that little girl? You don't want that I happen to you do you?" I understand why they said it - to keep their kids in line and keep them safe - but it was rather disturbing to hear.
    This is one if the worst shocking things I've ever heard and because of poor little Sophia I will never ever allow a child to attend toilets, playgrounds, anywhere alone... An 8yo should never ever go through this it makes me sick to my stomach to think that the last minutes of her life were so awful and violent may she RIP x

    Call me a helicopter parent I couldn't care less, and yeh my mum was and I turned out perfectly fine. I am probably a bit over cautious with things in life but I don't miss out on anything.

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    I get called overprotective round where I live alllll the time, because I won't allow my child to go to public toilets on her own, won't let her play in the street unsupervised etc.
    People say 'Oh but this is one of the safest areas to live, those kind of things never happen round here'........
    And that is exactly the reason that the child molesters and abductors might choose my little village to do it, because no one expects it.

    The day it does happen, God forbid, it won't be happening to my child.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GothChick View Post
    I get called overprotective round where I live alllll the time, because I won't allow my child to go to public toilets on her own, won't let her play in the street unsupervised etc.
    People say 'Oh but this is one of the safest areas to live, those kind of things never happen round here'........
    And that is exactly the reason that the child molesters and abductors might choose my little village to do it, because no one expects it.

    The day it does happen, God forbid, it won't be happening to my child.
    Last week we had a bit of an issue here. We have a problem with hoons in our street, and the kids from the house directly across from us were having a game of ball with the kids from next door. The kids from next door were on our footpath kicking a ball to the kids over the road. So kids and balls were all across the road. My dd wanted to play and I told her no of course, she can play in the backyard where there is a fence. The mum from over the road called out that she is sorry dd doesn't have a mum who lets her do stuff. No, I will not let my kid become a road kill statistic like so many others, wow if that's bad parenting then I really don't know what to say.


 

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