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    But the only thing I can't handle is them having toys guns. There's just something about a toddler pointing a gun at my face that makes me want to become a hostage on the floor shivering with fear.... Eek!!
    Hate guns!! DS won some at the show an I threw them out before he saw them.

    At the park one day this girl picked up a toy gun and pointed it fair at DS's face and pulled the trigger over and over. It was the most horrifying vision in my life, I walked over and swiped it clean out of her hands. I know I probably could have been polite about it but it was my knee eek reaction. Ahhhh still sends shivers up my spine!

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    I missed the stick thread, so don't know what it was about, but we often go for walks around our house. We live near a valley, and our kids love finding big sticks and walking with them.

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    WOW! I missed the stricks thread but found this one which is so ironic to me. DS (nearly 4) LOVES sticks! I sway between me being ok with this stick swinging and not. For him I think it's just a developmental thing. For me I just follow him and shout "look out for the babies!"... which is what I say to him when I want him to be gentle. I can't believe that stick playing is a forum debate?! Sheesh!
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    The stick thread was just something someone overheard at the beach

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    I missed the stick thread. My four year old is a total dare devil. It gives me heart attacks. He climbs trees, skateboards down steep hills, jumps off a tree branch onto a trampoline, walks on the top of high walls bla bla bla. I don't hold him back. Learning to take risks and make risk assessments is part of growing up. That's what I figure anyway. There are some things I don't let him do. He can't cross the road without me yet. He isn't allowed on a quad bike without an adult on there with him. He can't swim in the pool without an adult to supervise and he isn't allowed to play in the front seats of the car. He plays with sticks.. mostly he turns them into swords or guns

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    When I was DS's age, I was living on a 40 acre property in the Blue Mountains. We had 3 houses on the property. One was a kithome built for my grandparents, one was a kithome built for us and one was a small pre-existing little bedsitter that was about to crumble down into a million bits.

    My grandparents house was built against a slight hill and therefore was standing half on pillars or whatever you call them.
    I was every single day, playing under their house. My parents had to worm me once a month and the garden hose was always on standby, waiting to hose the mud and dirt off me.
    Yet they never stopped me from playing there. They let me go. They just made sure there were no snakes/spiders but that was it.
    I was also always jumping off the 1.5m high verandah, as taking the steps was for lazy people who had too much time lol.
    Oh and I also loved to play in the little old house, even though it could have fallen apart on me any moment. It was the only place I was not allowed to play, but what toddler listens to their parents???

    I want DS to have the same kind of freedom and upbringing I had in those days. Unfortunately my home and backyard aren't big enough for him to really run around in, so I take him to my parents property 50 minutes from here.
    There he plays with sticks, lizards, rocks and gravel, etc. He also plays in the compost heap when helping poppy. He loves helping poppy in any way he can and he is only 2,5yo.
    When poppy is splitting firewood, he wants to carry the big heavy pieces of (splinters and all) into the house. I first was worried about splinters, but soon realized it was just a part of being a kid.

    DS is and will be my only child and he is the most precious thing to me, but I will not cotton wrap him. I don't think he would allow me to do so anyway.
    He's a big strong boy with a huge energy reserve. Cotton wrapping means he wouldn't be able to get rid of that energy and also wont be able to explore his imagination.
    Sticks, stones, mud, etc are all great toys. They don't cost a cent (except for the occasional bandaid) and they can help kids connect with mother nature. What else do you want?

    EDIT: I forgot to mention about toy guns. I loathe toy guns. Never will DS get a toy gun from me. I have also told my friends and parents, that if they want to buy him a birthday/Christmas present, that's fine, just no guns.
    If he still gets it as a present and I can't find a way to make it "disappear" or "brake it", he will only get to play with it under my supervision.
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    Misschief your post reminded me of this it describes DS2 down to a T ImageUploadedByBub Hub1344177680.436711.jpg

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    Hehehe consider that pic "stolen" Will be putting that one on my Facebook

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    Oh but after reading through this thread I have to say that even though I let ds have a lot of freedom I am very much a neurotic obsessive hovering parent lol .. but as ds grows up I find I'm having to hold back (as hard as it is) because my anxiety and over cautiousness either tends to make him second guess himself or get upset and irritated because he knows he can so something but I'm doubting him. I watch everything from a distance now and try to just breathe. I don't really see myself as a "free range" parent. I have found ds has become so boysterous and independent, physically very strong and so creative with how he plays lately and I don't want to squash that in any way.. but geez its hard.

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    DD can play with anything as long as she understands the implications of it.

    If she finds a lovely pointy stick, and asks if she can play with it, I just warn her that the end might be sharp. That way if she gets hurt from it, she already knows why it happened, and how to prevent it next time.

    She has to experience danger so she can learn about risk taking.

    Today I was doing the dishes and a flash of red hair caught my eye. DD had climbed the tree next to the window and was inching along a branch, hand by hand.
    When she was directly in front of the window she waved and yelled "Mum!....I'm!....A!....Sloth!"

    I only knocked on the glass and shook my head when I saw the light in her eyes when she looked at her remaining hand. I just knew she was going to take both hands off and hang upside down, and not be able to swing back up again.


 

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