I want my kids to experience some freedom, some space, some breathing space, some independence. But we live in a world where we're told we can't take our eyes off our kids for a second - they might get stolen, abused, attacked ... the list of horrors we hear on the media just spirals around in our brains. Like a mantra in our heads - "you just can't take your eyes off them ...".
I live in the city - on a busy road but near a wonderful, vast park. Our house backs onto a reserve - a child's wonderland. I want them to enjoy the satisfaction of creating your own world, in your own imagination. I want them to go on adventures. Give their brains time to grow, rest, explore.
And this year I have been slowly letting go. Letting the older kids go to the park in pairs. Letting them play out in the reserve together where I'm close by.
|Patient father putting together newly purchased bikes|
Not quite sure I'm ready to send my 9yo on a subway yet but I do find Lenore Skanazy's 'free-range kids' blog encouraging. (she's been in Australia this month)