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    Quote Originally Posted by Ffrenchknickers View Post
    So, the stick thread has me pondering. I am actually (in a completely non judgemental, mean no disrespect, peace and love kind of way) surprised that people don't let their kids play with sticks. I mean I wouldn't like them to poke them in people's faces but I don't think they would want to do that anyway...

    Anyway, this isn't really about sticks. What about things like climbing trees? Playing outside barefoot? Jumping on a trampoline with no net covered in detergent? Jumping off the shed roof onto a mattress? Turning the trampoline on its side, jumping on it and riding it down to flat Pulling all the swings off ths swingset so it can be used as a gymnastics bar?' Wearing your togs in winter?

    The above may or may not be examples of things that occur regularly in our house

    Irrresponsible?
    My brothers and I personally have done all the above (bar the jumping from the roof onto the mattress thing) we used to dig ditches in the orchid throw some roofing on and cover it in sand, made our very own bunkers then we would bomb each other with figs we also use to turn our very long driveway into a water slide complete with trampoline water feature the best part was at the end we would make a wall with foam boxes so we could crash into them my kids are pretty much allowed to do what they want as long as no one is being maliciously harmed and as long as the house isn't being damaged (we rent or I'd be a bit more lenient).

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    I haven't read the other thread yet but yeah i let my kids play with sticks, get muddy and have fun.
    As long as they aren't attacking other kids with them or hurting other people then its fine.

    I think outside play is important and so is learning about cause and affect.

    You can tell a child don't do this don't do that because such and such can happen but it goes in one ear and out the other.
    When they go ahead and do it and hurt themselves then they learn something.

    Obviously i don't mean that kids should be allowed to play on the road or stick their hands in blenders though.

    A Childs best toy is nature and their imagination.

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    No i dont let my kids do those things. If that makes them bubble wrapped, so be it.

    My kids, my choice, other peoples opinion on it = meaningless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DiamondEyes View Post

    My kids, my choice, other peoples opinion on it = meaningless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ffrenchknickers View Post
    Jumping off the shed roof onto a mattress?
    Hmmm mattress hey - that would have been a better idea!

    Damned 'The Boy Who Could Fly' movie! My chin still hurts just thinking about that day....

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    Quote Originally Posted by DiamondEyes View Post
    No i dont let my kids do those things. If that makes them bubble wrapped, so be it.

    My kids, my choice, other peoples opinion on it = meaningless.
    Yeah not being a free range parent (aka helicopter parent) seems to be a dirty word on here lol

    meh each to their own

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    Quote Originally Posted by delirium View Post
    Yeah not being a free range parent (aka helicopter parent) seems to be a dirty word on here lol

    meh each to their own
    Definitely each to their own! I was hesitant to post this knowing which way it could go. Hoepfully it wont I was just sincerely surprised by the stick thing.

    I definitely don't think it is Helicopter/Free range and nothing in between. I am very over cautious with things like public toilets, kids walking places on their own, sleepovers, etc. We each do what we feel is right.

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    I was massively helicopter when DS was younger, have lightened up a lot. I don't think any less of those who do helicopter, it's no less or more responsible. Would be a pretty boring place if we were allthe same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by babyla View Post
    Hmmm mattress hey - that would have been a better idea!

    Damned 'The Boy Who Could Fly' movie! My chin still hurts just thinking about that day....

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    Quote Originally Posted by DiamondEyes View Post
    No i dont let my kids do those things. If that makes them bubble wrapped, so be it.

    My kids, my choice, other peoples opinion on it = meaningless.
    Same here.


 

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