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    Default At what age would you leave your child at the playground at the shops?

    our local (small) shopping centre has a little playground for kids. Its outside, though still enclosed within the shopping centre, with cafe's n stuff around it for parents to sit.

    The shopping centre is small - with just Woolies, fruit n veg, butcher and a few shops.

    Dd (8) wants me to leave her there at the playground while I do my shopping.


    If I just have to run in and get milk or bread etc, I do that ... but I havent if I will be longer than 5 minutes or so.


    At what age do you think they are responsible enough to be left alone there?

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    Probably once they are too old to be interested in playing at a playground.

    A lot of the time my issue will be with not trusting others even though I trust my child, it's just a difficult concept for young ones to understand.

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    Not at 8. I'd probably say 10/11..

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    Hmmmmm... Tough one. I think my kids are responsible enough at 6-8 years old, but I don't trust others not to try something. I have just gone through the whole giving 50 statements to police ordeal after a man approached my 6 year old son a few days back. My boy is not small, and luckily has a damn good kick on him. He actually booted the man after he asked if he wanted to go to the nearby hobby shop to look at planes. Very scary and has made me change the way I supervise my kids..

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    I don't know when I would be comfortable leaving ds, but he is only 5. Possibly at 8 I would.
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    yeah its tough.

    we go through the stranger danger thing pretty often ... but its hard to get them to appreciate danger.

    Its a small community though, so always lots of people we know about the place.

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    im afraid now I would not leave anyone under high school age attended. I know in my childhood, primary school I walked about three miles on my own along a very busy road to get to school, and I would never dream of allowing a child to do that now. It is such a sad thing, but generally speaking we don't know everyone, and children can be taken in a few seconds. too scary for me now. marie

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    My almost 8 and 6 year old always ask if they can be left in playground at Bunnings while I shop. I just can't bring myself to do it. Maybe when they're 11 or 12 I might change my mind.

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    My kids are 9 & 6 and I wouldn't feel comfortable doing so. I definitely trust my 9 year old (the 6 year old is a bit unpredictable), but you never know who is lurking around, waiting for opportunity. ..kids have been abducted, sexually abused, etc at shopping centers before.

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    My eldest son is 10 and very sensible and responsible, but I still wouldn't want to put him in the position of not knowing what to do, and having no backup if something untoward did happen.

    Too much stress for little people I think.

    I know that I will know when he IS ready, but that time hasn't come yet.

    I would possibly guess 12 or 13? Not sure.


 

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