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    My ds is only 18 months old so I still hover quite closely as most of the parks in our area aren't really usable for a child under the age of 6 or 7 (I've seen many children below this age struggle and need help from their parents so it's not just me). In a play centre environment I step back when he's in the toddler area as I want him to gain some confidence.

    I have however been the judgey mum when a toddler around the same age as ds got physically stuck in the toddler area and started to cry as it would have been hurting, the mother was literally nowhere within eyeshot (I ended up finding her jumping on the inflatable area with her own friend after I'd helped the toddler).

    Feel free to judge me as you will for helping a young toddler in distress.

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    I think we all know our children in regards to how much they need to be supervised at the playground and age is irrelevant. My ds' s were doing very different things at aged 2 so the level of supervision varied. Being 7 and 4 they need little supervision at the park nowadays so I will sit and chat to other mums to my hearts content simply glancing over every now and then to check on them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Party of Three View Post
    Oh and ftr...I don't pay attention to what strangers are up to in the park to pass judgement. The only thing I have ever silently judged was a mum telling her daughter not to climb on the equipment because boys climb, but girls don't, and then complaining to someone else that her daughter was so hard to control and she needed to learn what was and wasn't okay for her to do as a girl. I wanted to take that poor little girl home and raise her myself.
    How did you stop yourself, that poor little girl.
    Secretly hoping she grows up to be a miner, an engineer, a doctor, truck driver etc ( "male" jobs- note I don't think they are )

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    Quote Originally Posted by Party of Three View Post
    Oh and ftr...I don't pay attention to what strangers are up to in the park to pass judgement. The only thing I have ever silently judged was a mum telling her daughter not to climb on the equipment because boys climb, but girls don't, and then complaining to someone else that her daughter was so hard to control and she needed to learn what was and wasn't okay for her to do as a girl. I wanted to take that poor little girl home and raise her myself.
    Eeekkkkkkkkk. Girls can do anything! I'm not sure I would have been able to stay silent. Poor kid.

    I got the opposite from FIL about DS. The kids got a kitchen and big dollhouse one year and he tried to tell me several times DS shouldn't be playing with it because he's a boy. Not sure he liked my answer of "So what? Toys are toys. DD plays with cars and trucks and DS loves the kitchen and dolls house. Who cares as long as they have fun"

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    I spent a good couple of minutes trying to think of what I could say to this woman to make her realise how much she was damaging her child but I couldn't think of anything on the spot. The girl ignored her and climbed all over the equipment regardless so I just hoped there were other adults in her life who can help this little girl realise she doesn't have to be limited by her mother's craziness.

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    Default Supervision at the park

    I haven't read all the replies but I do a bit of both depending on my boys age at the time and also which playground we are at.

    Ds1 is 4 and is fine on all the play equipment at most parks, if he doesn't feel safe he won't go on it, but ds2 who is 19 months still doesn't walk, he has hyper flexibility and low muscle tone so he just crawls, he's only just starting to learn to climb things and he's still very weary. I am sure most other parents probably think I'm a 'helicopter' parent with him because I am always hovering around him watching him.

    1. Because he is not confident
    2. If I wasn't standing there he wouldn't try anything new. Ever.


    I don't really give a damn what other parents think of me at the playground.

    One thing that ****es me off MORE though, is when parents aren't watching their kids but their kids hurt other kids. That annoys me far more.
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    I don't hover.

    The kids do there own thing. The only time I assist DS with climbing chains etc as he's not confident yet. He's almost 2. They both go up stairs/the climbing ladders by themselves.

    The only thing that ****es me off is when people talk too much. Some young kids are way too bossy and say mine, mine and push etc. this has shattered DD's confidence before. I always seem to have intervene because mums are too busy sipping coffee and talking.

    If I was to gauge my life from William etc I wouldn't even let them in back yard

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    Quote Originally Posted by SAgirl View Post
    One thing that ****es me off MORE though, is when parents aren't watching their kids but their kids hurt other kids. That annoys me far more.
    Yes! We were away on holidays in april and at a playground, and a little girl slapped my son across the face. Dh told the girl's mum and was pretty annoyed. (My son has confidence issues as it is, he was very upset). The girls mum was mortified and they left straight away, but she never apologised or made her daughter apologize. We teach our son to apologize if he does something wrong.
    I watch my son when we are at parks etc but i don't hover. Either me or my dh have always got eyes on him though, you just never know these days. He is only 2 though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by meandmyboys82 View Post
    Yes! We were away on holidays in april and at a playground, and a little girl slapped my son across the face. Dh told the girl's mum and was pretty annoyed. (My son has confidence issues as it is, he was very upset). The girls mum was mortified and they left straight away, but she never apologised or made her daughter apologize. We teach our son to apologize if he does something wrong.
    I watch my son when we are at parks etc but i don't hover. Either me or my dh have always got eyes on him though, you just never know these days. He is only 2 though.
    I guess this is me. I am in the middle. I don't hover but I'm not free range. Maybe I'm a caged parent 😂😂😂😂

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    Quote Originally Posted by monnie24 View Post
    I guess this is me. I am in the middle. I don't hover but I'm not free range. Maybe I'm a caged parent 😂😂😂😂
    I'm along the same lines i guess. I'm always observant of what's going on around our surroundings. I'm terrified of the thought of abduction etc. Where we live you hear about it happening so even though I'm not by his side hovering and not letting him have any freedom, I'm always watching. Can't help it!!


 

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