When is time to let your children have the responsibility of playing outside without you?
I don’t mean in the back or front garden, I mean playing out on the streets with their friends.
Well as some of you know we have recently moved house and now we live in a cul-de-sac and all the children here play out by themselves and go to each others houses and they are around my daughters age (8 years old) and some older, I’ve never let Hayley play out without us before but she is a very shy child and our first day here she asked if I could come outside so she can go and say hello to a little girl that was playing out on her bike, so of course I came outside with her and she started playing with this girl in our back garden.
The next day this girl brought one of her friends round to meet Hayley and then there became about 10 kids km my back garden so I made the decision to let Hayley ride her scooter up and down the path next to our house without me there!!! Now this was a very big decision for me but it was either that or my garden get trashed and also I felt a bit embarrassed for her as these children could ride around and go wherever they wanted so I felt she should have a bit of responsibility to be able to play on the street by herself.
Her sad thinks now we’ve started this she will push and push to be allowed further and further because the other children are allowed, but how do you cope with that? I don’t know how these parents aren’t watching them out the window and making sure they aren’t crossing roads as I would never want Hayley to or trust Hayley to cross a road safely.
Am I being too protective? Is she old enough for more responsibility when it comes to playing out? Do you let your children play out at this age?
I’d love to know your opinion.