I guess stats freak me out a bit http://www.nisu.flinders.edu.au/pubs...6/injcat91.pdf
And with an adventurous child ( who has fallen off the bed numerous times when trying to get down despite us. Telling her she'll fall) the situations I saw today made me uneasy. I guess it depends on the child and DD1 has no fear, no concept of height and no concept of strangers ( she's wandered off before and I've followed her - she couldn't see me, she just kept walking and chatting to randoms)
Ask me in a few years when we're on our 4th child ( but then I guess the older siblings look out for them)
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11-09-2015 20:26 #42
I would love to sit and chat, or even just sit! Sadly DD has other ideas so if I even remotely look like sitting down or moving away she yells for mummy is there such thing as a helicopter child? If so I definitely have one
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11-09-2015 20:39 #45
I'm with @Sonja. I watch with a distant eye. Imo the more kids fall as kids and toddlers the better it is for them to learn about gravity and depth perception.
I have fearless kids and I'm not going to give them anxiety by hovering over them. I've also never rung up daycare to ask about them. If there is a problem they will call me.
Definitely not a helicopter parent. Not quite free range as I'm there but I let them sort out their kiddy problems by themselves.
11-09-2015 20:46 #46
Supervision at the park
This isn't specifically directed at you OP but it has got me wondering. I was parent helper at DS's kindy a few weeks ago and the kids were being made to hop skip jump and just run. I was shocked at how reluctant many of them were to try things and how low some of the kids muscle tone was. Our kindy no longer has monkey bars because they couldn't find a sufficiently safe spot for them. So many restrictions on kids taking risks and learning about their bodies.
I'm not for one moment suggesting your parenting style will lead to that but it's definitely made me think. I now have my 10 year old doing Pilates and going back to gym as I feel there is so little opportunity for children to hurt themselves (safely).
11-09-2015 20:48 #47
Personally I had to be there as DD was quite an anxious child and scared of everything so wouldnt do anything unless I was there ...
but eventually she learned to let go and explore and I let her be.
Many of the other kids were very adventurous and we all used to sit and chat (DD would happily sit and play tea sets though so I sat and chatted half the time )
I wouldnt pass judgement as the level of supervision needed is so dependent on individual children.
Not saying that everyone is perfect and supervises there children as much as needed - they clearly dont. But that doesnt mean that every 2 yr old needs to be closely supervised either ... it just varies so much.
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