Almost 6yr. old outside playing alone?

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Registered: 10-08-2007
Almost 6yr. old outside playing alone?
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Mon, 06-23-2008 - 4:57pm

I had read recently that once kids are old enough to tell time they are old enough to be given some freedom and should be okay to play outside alone. Does that sound right to all of you?
My son is almost 6 and pretty responsible (as he can be for 5/6). We have a park right behind our apt. (I can see it from our little hallway). Should I be able to let him go there for 30. min. alone?? He has a watch and can tell time very well. I have always been very close to him (or some may say clingy, lol) and want to give him freedom but not too much!!

What are your thoughts????

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Registered: 12-11-2007
Mon, 06-23-2008 - 11:13pm

Doesn't sound to bad, being that he would always be in sight. But I know saying that and actually going thru with it are 2 diff things. ..


Our DD (Dakota) is 7 1/2 and constantly wanting to be outside playing with her friends. Which is great, don't get me wrong. I'd rather she want to be outside than sitting in front of the TV. But I am finding it hard to have her off out and about. She never leaves our block. But she is out on her bike riding around and I am constantly worried that something might happen to her. We have about 10 kids on our block, so that makes me feel a bit better, since they all know her and where she lives. We got her a watch and she has been really good about coming home when we ask her too. And really, not meaning to brag, but she is a very responsible girl and she knows all her safety. Really it just comes down to me being a paranoid mom. I admit that I am 'clingy'

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Registered: 10-08-2007
Tue, 06-24-2008 - 12:33am

I know it's hard! I talked to my friend about this (she has 3 kids, her oldest being 6 mo. older than mine) and she felt very strongly that a 6 (or 7 year old) is not ready for that! We grew up in a very very small town so there wasn't as much to worry about as far as things happening to kids. Do you think though that just because we live in a city that it should mean our kids have to suffer and never really be let to go out and play alone for a while?

It's so hard b/c I want to be a good mom and take care of and protect my son but I'm also really trying to let him grow up and explore and be responsible. There seems to be a very fine line there sometimes and it's hard to know exactly where it is!

It's nice to know I'm not alone in this problem!

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Registered: 04-02-2008
Tue, 06-24-2008 - 5:17pm
Maybe you could take it in baby steps, watch from the hallway or keep checking on him every few minutes?

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