I agree with pp that its not your responsibility. If I'm letting my kid in or out and another kid squirms out then its not my fault. But on the same not I'm not going to let another kid out on purpose.
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25-04-2013 19:23 #31
25-04-2013 19:25 #32
My mum lost my brother in a supermarket once. Bet she's glad people stopped to help find him instead of going on their way because it's not their responsibility.
Seriously, you're not capable of saying "sorry, I can't let you out, where's your mum?" Or just...you know, grabbing your kid and shutting the gate?
This attitude confuses me. A lot.
What does it achieve? Are you trying to punish the terrible people who dare to sit more than a metre away from the door by giving them a heart attack when their kid isn't in the enclosed area they left them in? Or is stuck at the top of the big kids area they tried to tackle?
No wonder people are so afraid of other people judging them.
25-04-2013 19:31 #33
But RRoad... If I'm getting my kid in or out of a gated playarea and another kid bolts out ... What should I do? Leave my two children unsupervised to go find the runner?
I agree with parents at least attempting to only let their children out but we are not responsible for others. I've seen kids wet themselves because their parents werent looking and I couldnt just let them out to use the loo.
25-04-2013 19:37 #34
I wouldn't let a kid out,ever! Don't really care if parents are watching or not,just don't do it.What if they ran away....someone stole them?Not prepared to live with that myself.Applies for any playground
25-04-2013 19:40 #35
Honestly I have probably been to more play centres than you have, with more children and I find it really hard to imagine a kid bolting out. I open the gate, stand in the small gap and shepherd out my charge/s. There's no room for kids to bolt out.
And if there are lots of kids waiting, I tell them to wait back for their mums to let them out, or ask for them to point their mum out.
Maybe the play centres I go to are different :/ because every one I go to, all the carers do the same as me..
25-04-2013 19:40 #36
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I wouldn't voluntarily let a child out, but I don't leave DD unattended in there either because there's usually a bunch of other kids in there and we seem to have had a bad run of running into feral children at playgrounds. Like the time a little boy used the gaps in the suspended walkway to push his penis through and try and wee on anyone that ran beneath! That was a fun day at the park, would have loved to know where his grown up was... Or the kids that stood at the top of the fort calling my at the time three year old a 'retard' and telling her to eff off, mum strangely absent there too!
So I stay with her, not because I think she needs the supervision but because I know there will be other kids in there that do.
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25-04-2013 19:47 #39
25-04-2013 19:57 #40
I already find parents are too tuned out at playgrounds, the amount of times my son has been treated awfully on a playground and I've had to step in to rescue him, then had the kid give me lip... with no parent in sight suggests parents see a fence as a babysitting service. I also think this is why our council don't seem to put fences around playgrounds any more.
I'm certainly not a hover parent, but I like to have my kids in my eye view at all times.
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