We live in a cul de sac. It is a lovely street with some lovely young families. I have 6 year old twins. On a weekend afternoon we quite often have a drink and a chat while the kids have a play. It is just done outside with minimal fuss and bother. , BYO and very casual. Last weekend it was suggested that all the 6 year olds in the street ( there are 5, and the oldest in the street) might start to come and go as they please to each other's houses on weekends. I have so many problems with this idea and don't feel comfortable with this for many reasons.
1. I value my privacy and hate it when people just drop in. ( i know it would mostly be the kids dropping in, but obviously you could not turn a parent away if they were checking on their child )
2. Our weekends are precious and we enjoy spending it as a family.
3. There are a group of guys next door, who are quite nice but tend to speed in and out of the street.
4. I don't know a family particularly well, so I am not comfortable sending my children to play there alone.
So. can you tell me when you child started going across the road, next door, or down the street by themselves? I am worried that if the rest of the neighbourhood starts my children will want to do it also.
i guess I am wondering if I am being precious.
Your opinions and advice would be appreciated.