No, I would not do this. And I would not put a 7 year old 'in charge' of a younger child- he is still a child. Adults are 'in charge', and hence, bear the responsibility.
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28-04-2012 10:20 #21Senior Member
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28-04-2012 10:44 #22
28-04-2012 10:50 #23
No way. All it takes is the minute or two while you're deciding which brand of cereal to buy for your kids to get out while another parent is letting their child in. Or for someone to grab them. I might be overly paranoid, but I just wouldn't do it.
28-04-2012 10:57 #24
I wouldn't I'm not even keen in schools a guy jumped the fence at my little sister primary school. They have put in massive fences now but still scary!
28-04-2012 11:08 #25
Maybe you could sit with them in the playground for half hour or so and let them run some energy off, then take them shopping. That way they are too tired to make too much of a fuss, are less likely to be bored, and will have a fun time while out too.
28-04-2012 11:20 #26
Gotta go they are back - my quiet is over!! Lol
28-04-2012 11:24 #27
Maybe just give them a list each with a few things and put them in charge of finding that food the more you involve them the less they will act up. And no sorry but I could not trust that my kids would be safe in a playground by themselves.
28-04-2012 11:42 #28
No i wouldnt either. online shopping would do it for me or i'd get a babysitter.
28-04-2012 12:03 #29Senior Member
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* both kids can be trusted to stay in the playground and not partake in unsafe behaviour (such as climbing things they shouldn't), and
* the 7yo had a mobile phone and stayed on it talking to me the whole time, and
* I had no problem with phone reception in the shop.
then it would be okay, but I really wouldn't be able to concentrate on my shopping so would just be grabbing the basics.
28-04-2012 12:10 #30Junior Member
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As tempting as it may be and easy in a sense I just couldn't do it.
You never know who they could run off with.
I have looked away from my kids while supervising in the playground and they have done a runner in a matter of seconds.
If you felt comfortable and safe with leaving them there then that is your choice.
You have a few other options/ideas now though thank to everyone
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