Wow, parts of this thread are just too funny.
I just wanted to add re. stopping your kids getting injured.... my DS2 currently has a broken ankle. How? you may ask? Did he fall off a 6ft piece of equipment? Monkey bars? Playing tackle footy? Wrestling a crocodile? Nope (although I have told him that wrestling a crocodile makes for a much more exciting story).
He stood up.
He was sitting on the ground. He stood up. Broken ankle.
My point is, sometimes you just can't stop your kids from hurting themselves. Even if you are standing right there, minimising every risk that they take, they can still hurt themselves. It's part of life. It's ok!! It's not the end of the world if they hurt themselves, they do recover!
I can't relate to many parents being relaxed enough to sit and chat and not have their eyes on their child the whole time. I'm a little jealous tbh
My 4.5 year old still randomly decides to run off at the park (he has ASD). He thinks it's hilarious, but when your child doesn't have a proper sense of danger it's bloody frightening! I can sit on a park bench & watch him play, but I have to keep my eyes glued to him and be ready to run after him at any given moment.
The running off has always been a bigger issue than potential injury. He's actually pretty cautious on the equipment.
Most of the kids I see that are aged around 2 usually have a parent very close by, or they're with older siblings. I see adequate supervision almost all of the time.
I am pretty free range. I let the kids go and explore, if they yell out I will come but other than that I leave them to it. I trust them to know their limitations, plus I freaking hate going to the park...
As for calling daycare 4-5 times a day, that must drive them insane! Imagine if every parent did that?
I am very free range at parks and honestly, my kids prefer it that way
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