Mom Confessions: I Let My Toddler Play Outside Alone
It's time for a Mom Confession -- because, let's face it, we're real mothers and sometimes it doesn't work the way the parenting books say it should.
This Week's Confession:
I let my toddlers play in the yard alone or without adult supervision.
I live in a quiet neighborhood with mostly elderly neighbors and our yard is fenced in, so I let my 3 1/2 year old play outside with our two dogs who bark at everybody that comes near our house. -- anonymous
My kids have played in gated yards alone since they were 4, with the siding glass wide open so I can see and hear them. -- anonymous
Pretty much every day -- they are 3, 5, and 8. Front yard. Back yard. For the most part they are in the street either on bikes are playing with chalk. They are free to come and go from the house as they please. I prefer the 3 year old to be out there with someone, but there are occasions when he might go blow bubbles all by himself. -- anonymous.
- Yes, totally free range. 3%
- Yes, but in a fenced-in yard only. 38%
- Yes, but only with older brothers or sisters to look out for them. 20%
- No, never ever -- I'll explain why below. 37%
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Would you trust slightly older siblings, ages 5-8, to supervise younger toddlers in the yard, or is that too much responsibility for a little kid? What about your dog -- is he a responsible enough babysitter for outside play time?
We all have secrets and opinions -- so thanks to this brave mom for sharing her honest thoughts, and thank you for keeping this conversation non-judgemental!