I think we all know our children in regards to how much they need to be supervised at the playground and age is irrelevant. My ds' s were doing very different things at aged 2 so the level of supervision varied. Being 7 and 4 they need little supervision at the park nowadays so I will sit and chat to other mums to my hearts content simply glancing over every now and then to check on them.
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13-09-2015 09:44 #171
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13-09-2015 12:09 #172
13-09-2015 12:55 #173
I got the opposite from FIL about DS. The kids got a kitchen and big dollhouse one year and he tried to tell me several times DS shouldn't be playing with it because he's a boy. Not sure he liked my answer of "So what? Toys are toys. DD plays with cars and trucks and DS loves the kitchen and dolls house. Who cares as long as they have fun"
13-09-2015 13:08 #174Senior Member
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I spent a good couple of minutes trying to think of what I could say to this woman to make her realise how much she was damaging her child but I couldn't think of anything on the spot. The girl ignored her and climbed all over the equipment regardless so I just hoped there were other adults in her life who can help this little girl realise she doesn't have to be limited by her mother's craziness.
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13-09-2015 13:18 #175
Supervision at the park
I haven't read all the replies but I do a bit of both depending on my boys age at the time and also which playground we are at.
Ds1 is 4 and is fine on all the play equipment at most parks, if he doesn't feel safe he won't go on it, but ds2 who is 19 months still doesn't walk, he has hyper flexibility and low muscle tone so he just crawls, he's only just starting to learn to climb things and he's still very weary. I am sure most other parents probably think I'm a 'helicopter' parent with him because I am always hovering around him watching him.
1. Because he is not confident
2. If I wasn't standing there he wouldn't try anything new. Ever.
I don't really give a damn what other parents think of me at the playground.
One thing that ****es me off MORE though, is when parents aren't watching their kids but their kids hurt other kids. That annoys me far more.
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13-09-2015 13:58 #176
I don't hover.
The kids do there own thing. The only time I assist DS with climbing chains etc as he's not confident yet. He's almost 2. They both go up stairs/the climbing ladders by themselves.
The only thing that ****es me off is when people talk too much. Some young kids are way too bossy and say mine, mine and push etc. this has shattered DD's confidence before. I always seem to have intervene because mums are too busy sipping coffee and talking.
If I was to gauge my life from William etc I wouldn't even let them in back yard
13-09-2015 14:28 #177
I watch my son when we are at parks etc but i don't hover. Either me or my dh have always got eyes on him though, you just never know these days. He is only 2 though.
13-09-2015 15:32 #178
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15-09-2015 08:42 #179
15-09-2015 08:56 #180
I actually thought I was very free range until I read this thread! Haha. I let my babies play on their own, and I sit at a distance unless the little one is climbing on something where he needs my help or is likely to fall in which case I'd be right beside him. But mostly I'm a sit back and watcher. I'd never take my eyes off my little one though. My eyes are plastered to him most of the time, and then I gaze around occassionally to check on the other 2, but always watching my littlest and ready to get up and run if I'm needed.
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