At what age do you let your child play outside unsupervised?
I have a four-year old and live in a relatively safe neighborhood, but it's a townhouse subdivision. I'm the only parent that stays outside to supervise my daughter; feel the need to keep her safe. Am I being overprotective or normal?
Nope, you are doing the normal thing if you are asking my opinion. A four year old is too young to be left alone for their own safety :-)
Can I say I wish it were more normal? Four is way too young to go unsupervised. We let our son, who is four, play in our backyard (enclosed) while someone is right there watching him out the window once in awhile. If it were a townhome complex, we wouldn't do it. I'd let my daughter play outside in the backyard and pay far less attention (almost 8), but I still wouldn't be too far away.
I sense a time coming soon when my daughter might be able to play in the front yard, too, without too much supervision...but I still think it may be as much as a year out.
I say good on you; keep it up!
You are being a GOOD parent! I have a 7 yr old who doesn't go outside unsupervised. These days, you can never be too cautious.
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