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    No I wouldn't. What if someone took them? Predators are smart, they wouldn't just walk up to the kids and grab them. It's pretty obvious at our local playground which kids aren't supervised and that's because their parents are sitting at the cafe alongside it. So I reckon if someone really wanted too, they could find a way to lure kids out and it only takes a second.

    I haven't read the whole thread so assuming someone has already mentioned this, but what about having a chat to them in the car before you go in to do the shopping and say to them if they are on their best behavior they can play on the playground for 15 minutes before shopping and they will get 1 treat each at the end. I find letting dd play at the playground for a little while before shopping really helps dd to behave and sit still. She is a lot younger than your two but can't hurt by wearing them out a little before you shop.

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    What did you end up doing? I couldn't leave them in a playground like that. I would (and have) get the kids totally involved. The 7 yo can help write out the list of food, and they can both help you look for things. And at the end, you can take them out to lunch or another treat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FearlessLeader View Post
    Wow sounds like big brother. Poor kids. What age do you learn to be self sufficient in such an environment?

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    Hopefully not at five or seven! Lol!

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    Personally i wouldn't do it, It is way to easy for someone to pinch your child or something to go wrong. it only takes half a second. My DD is 5, and if she's in the playground (even a fenced one) i'm there/very close by.

    Is there anyone else who can help with your boys?

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    No - and for very good reason.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FearlessLeader View Post
    Wow sounds like big brother. Poor kids. What age do you learn to be self sufficient in such an environment?

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    In my DD's case, it will be once she reaches high school (13-14) when she had learnt how to best fend off an attacker....that is the time I will start allowing her to go to malls, be left at playgrounds etc on her own.....and even then it will be under strict guidelines.

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    Well ladies I did my shopping......sans children!

    But SIL looked after them

    My reasoning behind asking the question was really to determine whether or not I was being too paranoid by not wanting to leave the kids in the playground. I have seen other parents do it so have been thinking that maybe I am being too overprotective so I wanted to get a good unbiased opinion.

    So far as I can see its all NO but one Yes.

    And to answer some of the questions, yes I do use online shopping but use Aldi for the majority of my shop as it is sooooo much cheaper then Coles/Woolies. Anything I cant get from Aldi I do online so I dont have to drag kids to both shops. Also I have a 5 mo baby and she only lasts for a certain period before she needs a feed so spending time before/after a shop in the playground is very difficult.

    And yes I am a believer in taking my kids with me as they do need to know how to behave in certain situations however there are some times that is it just so much easie without them!

    And yes I do include them...one holds the list and they both get things for me but that is only fun for so long and then they get bored.

    Also DS1 likes having some responsibility and enjoys 'being in charge'. I cant remember which poster that said it but he is not the parent or adult and I dont give him undue responsibility for his age.

    Its nice to know that my thinking is inline with the majority.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GothChick View Post
    In my DD's case, it will be once she reaches high school (13-14) when she had learnt how to best fend off an attacker....that is the time I will start allowing her to go to malls, be left at playgrounds etc on her own.....and even then it will be under strict guidelines.
    A thread just a few days ago on here showed that most BHers were experimenting with drugs and alcohol by that age. I sincerely hope that my children have the tools necessary to deal with situations where they or their peers may be in serious trouble at that age, so i will be teaching them to look after themselves from a much younger age.
    More and more social commentators are beginning to speak up about the dangers of cloistering our children, these dangers are far greater than the minuscule chance of 'stranger danger' but i know I am alone in my beliefs on this issue and while I feel very strongly.and passionately about them, I will leave it there as I'm currently experiencing shocking MS and don't have the energy to argue my point.

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    Online shopping has been great for me ever since DS was born.
    I do a bulk shop at a butcher once a month and cleaning products at the cheapy shops like crazy Clarksville, then fruit and veg every week with delivery online and pantry staples as I need them , but usually that's a once a month thing.

    I have found that if I do it this way I don't have DS getting grouchy, I'm relaxed and I don't buy junk!

    I really feel for the mums that I have seen pulling their hair out with kids demanding stuff or not wanting to be there!

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    No.

    But I feel your pain. I hate shopping with DS, DD and DD2.

    i give them a list..get 2 potatoes, get sugar...
    it keeps them busy looking at the aisles and looking for what they need.

    I also..(shakes head) bribe and treat lol.

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