I think camping outside is totally normal and part of growing up. Did this so many times as a kid with my cousins or sleeping on the trampoline as others have said.
Perhaps keep Facebook posts about it till afterwards or not at all if u are that worried. But the actual camping I think is great and fun for the kids and gives them a sense of independence. I think it would be mean to not allow this and install a sense of fear into them. Use your judgement as to what age u think they are prepared for it tho. And maybe try camping with them the first time.
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21-01-2013 09:49 #31
21-01-2013 10:31 #32
My girls have camped in the backyard before
21-01-2013 10:34 #33
We tried that previous year when DS was 6 but its the small backyard and I was with him whole night. I won't allow front though our garden was bigger on the front and had a low fence. I think it's fun cos we watched possums come to our backyard and the sky and stars...it was memorable.
But I wouldn't post on FB for security reasons.
21-01-2013 22:52 #34Junior Member
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Yes, I let my nine year old camp outside in the backyard on his own. He was two metres from the back door, left unlocked. I do wish I had a good dog in the yard, and bigger fences, but those are things I can't change and I don't want to be a helicopter parents. Life has risks. As another person mentioned, statistically children are far more likely to be in danger from recurrent contact with someone they know than from a stranger.
Camping out alone teaches kids resilience, adventure, and independence. I'll let him do it whenever he asks.
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21-01-2013 22:56 #35
We did this in the back yard of the neighbours at the back of our house. They had a front fence and a dog, our house was just over the fence behind with our dog so if someone came into the yard the dogs would certainly have let us know. It was fun.
22-01-2013 01:11 #36
I wouldn't feel comfy letting my kids sleep outside. I did when I was a kid, but I agree the world seemed a lot safer back then.
22-01-2013 01:40 #37Senior Member
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Backyard camping bring it on - I wouldn't lock my kids out of the house - that would be a bit odd for toilet runs or if they got spooked.
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