So the time has come when Buddy is starting to watch the other children out in the street and asking is he can go out to play. In our old house, there was green space and a park in front of the house, but the new one is up a hill away from where the children play and I have had a reservation about letting him out.
On Sunday he saw the children playing half way down our street and said he wanted to go out. Now we’ve just got some really cool walkie talkies so I said he could go as long as he took this so at least he could shout me if he needed me. Within an hour, he was half way up the next street which I asked him not to do. So we brought him in for half an hour to get a drink and understand that it’s all about trust. He can go out, but we need to know where he is.
He went out again, but by this time everyone had gone in or gone elsewhere, so bless him, he didn’t have anyone to play with.
We got home from holiday club yesterday and the moment we got in, he was jumping on his bike,grabbing the walkie talkie and was back out. I know I have to give him freedom, but I am nervous. Bless him, last night he came on the walkie talkie and said, the others are away to the park, so I’m coming home. He is a really good kid, I just want him to be safe.
How do you deal with letting your children out to play on their own? What age were they when you let them out on their own?