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Good Morning, Happy Tuesday! I hope you have had a good start to the week.  Mine's been productive and I think it has put me in the right frame of mind for the week ahead. Here's hoping, anyhow!  

This week's Tuesday Twinkler is a post from Karen at The Next Best Thing to Mummy, talking about parents being too scared to let their children play outside.  Karen talks about letting her children out to play and her own experiences of playing outside as a child and its got me wondering what your thoughts are. Do you, or would you, let your children play outside alone?  For me, it is a categorical no. We live on the main road and at 5 and 7, I just think they are too young.  And even if we weren't on the main road I think it would still be a no from me.  And yet, I remember my Mum letting me run wild for hours at a time at their age. I remember going out when I was 5 or 6, on my bike with other kids in the quiet close we lived in - one time I fell in a stream and cut my knee quite badly and another I went head over my handlebars. And yet I was still allowed out!  What are your thoughts?  




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4 comments

  1. I don't think there's a person my age that didn't go flying over the handlebars and lie concussed in a gutter by the age of 10...weird, hey?

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  2. I played outdoors by myself when I was a child. We lived in a very quiet neighborhood with few cars and lots of other children. My children played outdoors without me when they were younger as well. At that point we lived in a less quiet neighborhood with a few more cars but still lots of other children. I think that the children watch out for one another. That being said, I was always home and other mothers were home as well. If someone got hurt or needed adult supervision we were right there. Your children seem a bit young for being alone outdoors but that doesn’t mean you can’t pull up a chair and a good book and watch them from a good distance. Let them feel as if they are on their own and don’t interfere or intervene with them.

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  3. In the first years, I was always outside with my kids. In the teen years, yes with friends, and depending on the area where they planned to be alone.

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  4. I never let the kids (nephews and cousins) play without me but probably because it was my job to watch them. But like you, we were let loose like a pack of wolves to fend for ourselves at first light and had better be back before the street lights went on. If we called it too close you'd hear my dad's piercing whistle and you'd best haul arse or I shudder to think.
    We got into lots of trouble but it created a kind of Lord of the Flies scenario where you were responsible for yourself and in my case others which probably taught us things we'd never learn otherwise. And of course the kind of trouble we got into didn't count unless you got caught.

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