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How close an eye do you keep on dcs when they're out front playing?

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KerryMum Fri 28-Sep-07 16:35:23

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StUnTmAnTaLcY Fri 28-Sep-07 17:10:37

it was like that where i lived in Bedford, kerry......
My dds only tiny then....but others got together and persuaded the council to put up speed bumps, children were always running out betwwen parked cars.

lornaloo Fri 28-Sep-07 17:13:51

I would keep a v close eye on the younger ones, but thats because Im a VERY paranoid person. I would just imagine the worse the whole time. Luckily ds is just 2 so no need to worry for a few years.

lornaloo Fri 28-Sep-07 17:14:13


KerryMum Fri 28-Sep-07 17:16:47

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fryalot Fri 28-Sep-07 17:17:34

I do keep quite a close eye on them when they are playing out front, but I don't really need to because I can hear them grin

KerryMum Fri 28-Sep-07 17:18:50

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MellowMa Fri 28-Sep-07 17:19:12

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OrmIrian Fri 28-Sep-07 17:20:09

None at all these days. DS#1 is 10 and goes to neighbours houses and the park or plays in the street. DD is 8 and is more or less the same. If they go elsewhere I need to know where and with whom and they take mobiles which they must answer on pain of death. 4 yr old doesn't go out - although he has been to the park with neighbours teenage son and daughter once.

KerryMum Fri 28-Sep-07 17:21:00

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niceglasses Fri 28-Sep-07 17:21:24

I have a nearly 7 yr old whom I let free in the street only. I worry but I've done it now and feel I can't go back - he is one of the youngest out unsupervised.

5 yr old and 3 yr old only allowed out in garden - but do sneak out if I'm not there.


niceglasses Fri 28-Sep-07 17:22:15

You're in Ireland aren't you?

Spent a lot of time over there as dh Irish. Different over there - more laid back about outside play I think yeah?

MellowMa Fri 28-Sep-07 17:28:52

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lornaloo Fri 28-Sep-07 17:30:39

I lived in a cul-de-sac before I moved here. There were always children out playing one as young as 2. His mum would sometimes sit out and watch him with her friend whilst drinking a can of stella (classy) but more often than not he was out unattended. Many close encounters with him ruuning out infront our car. I found that really shocking and totally irresponsibe of his mother.

pointydog Fri 28-Sep-07 17:40:42

I'd be fairly relaxed with kids the age of your, kerry.

When my dc were 6ish to 7, they would be out of my sight for about hour at a time.

KerryMum Fri 28-Sep-07 17:50:23

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KerryMum Fri 28-Sep-07 17:51:06

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LIZS Fri 28-Sep-07 17:53:32

They don't - main road. Even when we lived in a close they didn't often and only when we were watching.

niceglasses Fri 28-Sep-07 18:03:01

Yes cars with me too. I'm not worried about strangers, sorry just not, but I do worry very much about cars. Its not a main road, but traffic at rush hours etc.

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