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28-04-2012 17:04 #61Senior Member
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28-04-2012 17:13 #62
I wouldn't - and glad you got your shopping done & got SIL to look after them!
I would maybe leave mine when Jasper is 10 (depending on maturity) with katelyn who would be 7 when he's 10. But naturally that would depend on the exact circumstances, environment, their maturity and how long I would be. But I'm thinking of my cousins who are 9 & 11 and I think they would be fine in that situation for 10 mins. But also because they are older and mature, they wouldn't be an issue to take shopping! So there's the catch as well.
28-04-2012 17:21 #63
I don't think I would.
28-04-2012 17:57 #64
No. I would not. And I feel nervous when I see people do it. The sign here says to supervise children.
28-04-2012 18:18 #65
No, and my daughter is older than your boys and really quite responsible too and not one to disobey orders. Regardless, I think it's quite risky and ANYONE could let your children out, take them, etc. If one hits another kid, then what? If one falls off something and breaks an arm, then what?
I think it's a really bad idea.
28-04-2012 18:19 #66
Given that most children are abducted and abused by a family member or close family friend, the statistics quite clearly show that there aren't weirdos and pedophiles lurking at every playground..... Sure, it is terribly sad that *some very small* number of children do get abducted/abused or worse and that is disgusting and very scary.... But the chance of that happening to any given persons child at a playground at an aldi is very very slim..... Of course the scaremongers say 'could you ever forgive yourself if something happened?'. My answer 'yes I could, because I know the statistics, and how the media/scaremongers skew them to make the world seem like a dark dangerous place for children, and I would have due a risk/probability before letting my children do anything.....
So sad to see what Australia is coming to....
And to the PP who mentioned the police saying that it was illegal to leave the child unattended, I'd love to know where that was, because as far as I am aware there are no 'laws' in Australia regarding children playing on their own, as long neglect is not an issue?
28-04-2012 18:41 #67
Look I don't know what I would do because my DS is only 1yo and I don't know any 7 or 5 yo to compare to BUT I do agree wholeheartedly with Fearless Leader that helicopter parenting is not helpful and that kids are not given enough opportunity to develop their Independence due to scare mongering. I am definitely more in the free-range camp.
My childhood was very free-range and I think this was a good thing. No paedophiles ever came to snatch us from our local park.
28-04-2012 18:54 #68Senior Member
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I haven't read replies but it depends on your boys. My kids I would they don't wander and would run into the shop if bothered
28-04-2012 19:05 #69Senior Member
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No I wouldn't
28-04-2012 19:06 #70
I agree with the posters who said that it was a big ask on the 7 year old who might feel very bad if something (like an accident) happened to the 5 year old. We do not helicopter parent and our kids are given lots of freedoms but we always make sure the bottom line responsibility lies with an adult and not another child, no matter how sensible or responsible that child might be.
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