How much freedom to roam?
June 10, 2012 7:43 PM Subscribe
So what's the norm for kids running around the neighborhood and playing these days? As a parent, what would you like to happen when the kid down the street knocks on your door and asks if your child can play?
posted by Ostara to human relations (21 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
My daughter just finished first grade and she's at the age where she wants to run around and play with her neighborhood friends. We live in a fantastic, friendly neighborhood where people generally know each other and the kids play together. Right now I allow her to go to her friends' houses that are on our exact same street. If she wanted to go around the corner, or out of my sight, I would walk with her. Is that about normal?
If she's invited over to someone's house, I usually let her play until dinnertime or whenever they send her back -- whatever comes first. Should I be placing a more structured limit on how long she's over there?
Currently, quiet a few of her friends have older siblings watching them while their parents work. I don't feel comfortable letting my child go over to houses where there are no adults present. Am I overreacting? It gets a little tedious sometimes because then these kids are over at MY house all of the time and I work from home, but I do have more peace of mind.
At this age, should I be planning out activities for the kids to do, or let them do their own things? I'm a natural planner, so I tend to feel guilty if I don't have an art project or outdoor activity planned.
Any other thoughts/tips/suggestions are welcome.