I used to do all those things! I really want my DS ( now only 21 months) to also do them, I just have to try and relax as I don't want to be the mum who sucks the fun out of everything!
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05-08-2012 17:45 #11
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Of probably pass on the shed roof, but the rest is fine by me.
05-08-2012 17:48 #13
05-08-2012 17:48 #14
I'm a helicopter parent, guilty as charged lol although I'm fine with that. I think it has worsened since DS bc he's such an extremely spirited, flat stick, never in half measure child, and if I didn't hover around he would have broken every bone in his body by now
In saying that, he plays with sticks, has a homemade wood sword (as does DD) that DH made with them. So I guess they have those sort of items, I just watch like a hawke
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05-08-2012 17:50 #15
I watch too, especially with the little ones. But yeah...they do some crazy stuff
I should NOT say this but we have never had a broken bone!
05-08-2012 17:52 #16
Even if I didnt want my DS to do things like that, he is too adventurous and brave to stop him. I used to do all those sorts of thing when I was growing up, I'd hate to deprive DS of an awesomely fun childhood like I had
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05-08-2012 17:55 #18Senior Member
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I think I tend towards free range - all the things you mentioned in your OP I'm cool with. Well, except jumping off the roof onto a mattress because DD is 3 and our roof is incredibly high.
But then I have these moments of utter worst case scenario parenting panic. Today we were driving past a creek that looked like the one that runs behind my parents house and it brought back fond memories of spending afternoons playing in it and around it and exploring it.
Then i pictured DD doing the same thing and thought my parents must have been INSANE! Especially when we used to play down there after rain.
DIDN'T THEY READ BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA FFS???!
05-08-2012 17:57 #19
05-08-2012 18:00 #20
I missed the stick thread but.... Our boys spend a lot of time outdoors. They do like to investigate and pick up sticks and rocks and so long as they don't hit or throw them at each other it's fine, the objects are removed otherwise and ds1 I'd aware of the rules. As for climbing trees, the trampoline and other such things its all good. We let our kids be kids, they aren't wrapped in cotton wool.
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