I love that we live in a state where they can be outside all year round and playing with great neighbors and friends. Here (in NC) we even have the luxury of being able to go boating and swimming in the lake, as a family. Our state lends itself to outdoor fun…
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God made us so that we can be outside, using our muscles and running around. I don’t think that he intended us to sit inside, watching TV or playing on our electronics all day, so when our kids ask to play outside or go for a walk or bike ride (here is how we teach them to ride a bike), I like to give an enthusiastic “YES!”
When my brother & I were little, we were constantly playing with our friends ~ my Mom let us go out every day with our friends. I can remember her giving us the rule that we had to wait until 9:00 to go outside to play, because we didn’t want to wake up sleeping neighbors.
Our neighborhood was full of kids and we all played together. We played at friend’s houses, at our house, in between… we just had to be back inside of our own house “before it gets dark.” (unless we were meeting friends for a game of night-time jail break)
My late Grandma told me how she used to go shopping with her four kids, and they would just look at the toys and books (and stay in the toy section alone) while the parents did their shopping. Can you imagine? I certainly can’t! Times certainly have changed.
Well- I wanted to know what you thought, so I asked and you answered…
HOW OLD WERE YOUR KIDS WHEN YOU LET THEM PLAY OUTSIDE, COMPLETELY UNSUPERVISED? (This doesn’t include you watching and listening through your four open windows & your open back door) 😉
3 years….. 0%
4 years…. 9% (8 of you let their kids outside)
5-6 years….. 8.5% ( 7 of you let their kids outside)
7+ years… 82% (67 of you let your kids play outside)
There you have it: most of you wait until your kids are seven years or older before letting them head outdoors alone.
What do you think? What age do you let your kids outside?