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    DT75, what kind of area do you live in?

    My kids were around 2 years of age for a fully enclosed back yard. They're allowed to play on the front footpath from 5 years, and can walk to friend's houses between 8 and 10.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Full House View Post
    DT75, what kind of area do you live in?

    My kids were around 2 years of age for a fully enclosed back yard. They're allowed to play on the front footpath from 5 years, and can walk to friend's houses between 8 and 10.
    Well, firstly, we have only been here a few months and don't know any of the neighbours.
    Secondly we have no fence or gate, and both kids are wanderers.
    Thirdly, we are right near train tracks.
    Fourthly, there has been a lot of shootings lately- shopping centre (15 away), two on our street, one on the street behind us... and that's just in the last two months.

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    DS was not long after 1 I think. We had an enclosed yard and I could see him from the table and I'd check on him all the time.

    We moved to acreage when he was 3 and she was 1. I used to go and sit in a our fenced off play area with them as I worry about snakes and the house block is about an acre with a shed with a chainsaw, axe etc and the tank is below ground so they could fall through if they ever walked on it.

    As she got older, I'd sit on the verandah where I could see them, or be in the kitchen which overlooks it. Now they are 4 and 6 and have free reign. They both know to stay in the play area and don't venture out without asking, so I just check every now and then or if the fighting gets too serious!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DT75 View Post
    Well, firstly, we have only been here a few months and don't know any of the neighbours.
    Secondly we have no fence or gate, and both kids are wanderers.
    Thirdly, we are right near train tracks.
    Fourthly, there has been a lot of shootings lately- shopping centre (15 away), two on our street, one on the street behind us... and that's just in the last two months.
    Yikes! That sounds scary!

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    As babies. We have fences.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Full House View Post
    Yikes! That sounds scary!
    It is a bit.... but it's not random, it's outside gang stuff (as in the gangs aren't from the area just passing through)..

    Not that that makes it less scary, but means we are ok to stay and not move.

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    It's weird to see that other people let their kids play in the backyard unsupervised because they have dogs. That is exactly the reason that I don't let my 1 year old play outside without my supervision. I guess it all depends on the dog though.
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    If the backyard is secure and you can see your child then I think that's OK. I personally would wait until my DS can walk and talk before leaving him alone in the backyard, but I also have a dog and as beautiful as she is (a labrador/retriever) I just don't completely trust her alone around my 8month old son. She growled at him once. I'm sure it's just jealousy, she wouldn't normally hurt a flea, but I am too paranoid to leave them alone just yet. I'm also paranoid about letting him play in the front yard after what happened to William Tyrrell. I know I'm over cautious but I've tried too hard and too long to have my baby to take any risks.

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    Back yard: As soon as he they can walk and there is no 'danger' around eg steps etc

    Front yard: Never. Just way too scared. Always supervised.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Meg2 View Post
    It's weird to see that other people let their kids play in the backyard unsupervised because they have dogs. That is exactly the reason that I don't let my 1 year old play outside without my supervision. I guess it all depends on the dog though.
    I was thinking the same, but don't feel it depends on the dog. I trust that my dog wouldn't hurt the kids, and I'd bet a lot of money on it. She's still an animal though, and all animals have their limits. I wouldn't bet my child's life on it.

    Will leave that there though as I don't want to come off too preachy :P


 

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