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    I tend to hover a little I guess. I judge it by my "head injury" rule - that is, if they were to fall, how likely is it that they would experience significant head injury? Sounds weird, but I have see enough of the long lasting effects of head injuries to scare me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maxwell's Silver Hammer View Post
    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?
    Is that why you are calling the centre 4/5 times a day? To know every thing they are doing the minute they are doing it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by maternidade View Post
    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
    Even sitting at the coffee shop talking and eating I guarantee you we all are watching at one time or another so I think it's tough for you to say for certain you know they weren't keeping an eye on them ( maybe not watching every second but regularly ) and really I talk to DS about being polite to strangers but not to go with or follow anyone anywhere, he will run over and grab me if he needs to go to the toilet or if one of the kids is fighting or needs help , I want him to learn to know the difference between a nice mum and a weirdo so he can develop good intuition and common sense

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    Quote Originally Posted by maternidade View Post
    Yes all had backs turned, could understand if it was a circle thing and at least 1 eye on them but say no.



    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
    OP it depends on how high. My DD when she was 2.5 she was on some high equipment with a firemans pole so no barrier and quite high up. She went to climb off it feed first but underestimated how high she was and she ended up falling off. She didn't break anything but could have easily done so. She was still hurt and it took a while to calm her down.

    So if they're quite small, it's really high up and they don't understand falling I would keep a close eye on them, but I generally let her do her own thing.

    With respect to Daniel and William. Both really horrible situations, but stil so so so so rare. If you look at the amount of times a huge population of children are playing in parks without parents being close by and the number of those kids who are abducted, it's like 0.0000001% so that's not a factor I. These situations. Especially if it's a gated playground.

    I don't think what you have described is necessarily helicopter parenting, but I also don't think what the other mums did was negligent or poor form either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maxwell's Silver Hammer View Post
    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?
    Because watching your kid go down the slide 50 times is boring!

    I love my kids but I also love having a chat with my girlfriends, the two aren't mutually exclusive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ExcuseMyFrench View Post
    Is that why you are calling the centre 4/5 times a day? To know every thing they are doing the minute they are doing it?
    A prem baby. And after 6 years of trying. She has a family history of allergies and she can't talk yet. How else am i meant to know her day?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NoteToSelf View Post
    Because watching your kid go down the slide 50 times is boring!

    I love my kids but I also love having a chat with my girlfriends, the two aren't mutually exclusive.
    I don't find it boring. Each to their own

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maxwell's Silver Hammer View Post
    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?
    Which is great for you, I love watching DS, but I love how Independent he is and you can still eat and drink coffee while knowing you child is having fun, you can't watch him every second ( especially when at pre school/school )

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    Quote Originally Posted by NoteToSelf View Post
    Because watching your kid go down the slide 50 times is boring!

    I love my kids but I also love having a chat with my girlfriends, the two aren't mutually exclusive.
    Agreed!!! The playground with other kids and mums is my time just as much as my kids'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maxwell's Silver Hammer View Post
    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?
    That's really lovely! I felt that way with my first, &I didnt miss a special moment with her. By the time I had the third kid in 3.5 years, & had been a full time SAHM the entire time (my oldest is now 4.5), I need a chat and a coffee haha! I am with my kids 24 hours a day 7 days a week.... they get a bit boring sometimes,lol! I think it's really sweet that you still have that joy spending all those lovely moments with them. They do grow up so fast!

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