Okay....dont flame me and I am not trying to be controversial!
Now....the Aldi where I live has a playground (fully enclosed like those Bunnings one) right outside so you can see the playground from the shop window.
DS1 is almost 7 and DS2 is almost 5 and we desperately need food! DP has gone away for the weekend and he normally will look after the kids while I am at the shops.
As good as the boys are the are a PITA when shopping! Running up and down the aisles, egging each other on, etc.
I was thinking that maybe I can leave them to play in the playground while I whipped around the shop. DS1 can come and get me if any troubles and I can keep an eye on them through the window.
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28-04-2012 08:27 #1
Would you leave your kids in the playground while you did a food shop?
28-04-2012 08:33 #2
No, I probably wouldn't sorry
Do you have online shopping (Coles, Woolies?) or can you just run in with both kids and just grab the absolute bare minimum essentials for now?
28-04-2012 08:35 #3
No i prolly wouldnt. When i do groceries with coop, he will do all but 3 aisles with me where he will go and look at toys.
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28-04-2012 08:38 #4
I would. Kids that age are out on the school playground by themselves every day.
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28-04-2012 08:39 #5
My SIL was in the city on Thursday and apparently a mum did that with her 5 year old, it took about 5 mins before the police came as a few other parents reported it, the 5 year old knew her mums mobile so they rang it and a very embarrassed mum came out of the shopping centre and the police said its illegal to leave a child that age unsupervised and let her off with a warning !
28-04-2012 08:41 #6
maybe the 7yo but not the 5yo.....and leaving the 7yo in to look after his little brother in a playground (where accidents happen all the time) is a big ask. if anything happened, he would feel so guilty.
28-04-2012 08:42 #7
I wouldn't do it. Mine are 8 and 4.5 and I still wouldnt. I'd go for the online woolies shop or just brave it out with kids in tow.
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28-04-2012 08:56 #8
No I wouldn't either. Mine are nearly 8 and nearly 5. They are frustrating when I have to take them shopping with me (in fact they drive me batty) but I wouldn't leave them in a playground unsupervised.
28-04-2012 09:10 #9Senior Member
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No I wouldn't. And I wouldn't compare it to a school playground which is supervised by teachers in an enclosed safer environment I'd like to think. Anyone could grab a child and the kid could scream and people probably wouldn't think twice just a kid that doesn't want to stop playing
28-04-2012 09:16 #10
Probably not but I do lean towards being helicopter parent.
I most definitely second the online grocery shopping. It takes a while initially to get it set up but it's easier each time. Generally you can put an order in 24 hours before you want them delivered.
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