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    Quote Originally Posted by NoteToSelf View Post
    Did all the mums have their backs turned?

    I was at the park today sitting at a table with friends, probably 20 or so metres away, some of us had our backs to the playground, the others were facing. If any of the kids needed something the mums facing the playground give a nudge.

    To answer your question, no, I don't hover, I'll help out if they ask, but otherwise I leave them to it. Falling, stumbling etc is part of learning.
    Yes all had backs turned, could understand if it was a circle thing and at least 1 eye on them but say no.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sonja View Post
    What age were their kids? Did any harm come to any of them?
    Some just walking, so 12 months or just over. There were some very close calls, and it honestly was pure luck they didn't tumble. Aside from falls risk one would think after Daniel and William parents would want to keep at least an eye on such young kids

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    Yep that's me, if we are with friends or there are other kids he can play with i sit down and watch from a distance, our favourite park has a cafe in the middle and every Wednesday since he was 2 we've been going with friends and we all sit in the cafe and they go off and play , the kids come back for lunch and their off again! We can see them but they are just out of ear shot - My SIL wouldn't let her kids play without her standing there for about 4 weeks and then saw they were fine , I've only had 1 friend that doesn't really come out with us as she feels we are a bit too free range but each to their own , when it's just DS and me then I'll play with him and I used to show him how to jump/climb etc never had any big falls , I do avoid parks in school holidays when the big kids are off as they seem to get a bit too rough
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    I am a helicopter parent. I still am will my third. Hell i wont let childcare give her any foods with extra sodium or sucrose except naturally occurring. I still call 4-5 times a day even though i trust the carers.

    I just love my babies

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    I leave my 2yo be in this type of situation. He's very cautious though and fearful of falling etc
    So I'm not worried at all!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cheeeeesecake View Post
    Is it your first child? I hovered all the time with my first. Now with my 3rd, I am off having a chat & keeping a watch from a distance! You learn to let go a bit, & let them explore on their own. I think it's healthy for them. Sometimes I wish I hadnt been so 'close by' with my first, & had given her the opportunity to 'be' without me!

    ETA:Not to say that there is anything wrong with being close by,if that is what you prefer. I also really look back & treasure that time with 1 child where I could be there all the time with her!
    Yes she is She goes to daycare and is confident and very independent ( fearless which is prob why I'm more concerned), so has a lot of opportunity to explore and be her, but it's a safe environment, not on equipment over 2m off the ground with no barriers, and with the opportunity for strangers to approach

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maxwell's Silver Hammer View Post
    I am a helicopter parent. I still am will my third. Hell i wont let childcare give her any foods with extra sodium or sucrose except naturally occurring. I still call 4-5 times a day even though i trust the carers.

    I just love my babies
    I love mine too , I just don't feel the need to hover over him , but everyone parents differently

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maxwell's Silver Hammer View Post
    I am a helicopter parent. I still am will my third. Hell i wont let childcare give her any foods with extra sodium or sucrose except naturally occurring. I still call 4-5 times a day even though i trust the carers.

    I just love my babies
    See, whereas I don't so am happy to not watch them ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maxwell's Silver Hammer View Post
    I just love my babies
    I'm pretty sure most parents do, even (!) the free range ones

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elijahs Mum View Post
    I love mine too , I just don't feel the need to hover over him , but everyone parents differently
    My helicoptering is more wanting to share every moment and not miss a second. Why would i want coffee when i can see how fun the world is through my kids eyes?

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    I am a helicopter parent. One time when ds was about 2 he was climbing a bridge thing and slipped to the side. Luckily he was able to hang on to the rail which would have been about 1.5m from the ground if he fell. Not sure how much damage that would have caused but it did scare me.


 

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