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Allbert Allbert 46-50, M 13 Answers Apr 16 in Parenting & Family

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Yes we have gone too far as a society. I think the pressure from outside the family (Social Services {CPS}, meddling neighbors and others is negatively influencing parents. Rather than raise their children with wonder at the world, they have to raise them wondering who is looking over their shoulder.

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Yup

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Really? The only times my kids come inside is when they are hungry or it's too dark to see outside anymore!

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sounds like when I was a kid

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Good for you and the kids.

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Yep, they have gone too far. There's an idea that parents should be able to see their kids at all times and it limits what parents and kids can do because its like they're handcuffed to each other. The kid has to go everywhere with the parent when the parent needs to go somewhere, and the parent has to go along with the child whenever the child wants to go somewhere to play. It wastes time for the both of them and doesn't allow the child to learn independence. The kid just ends up stuck on the computer or tablet because the parent needs them to stay put so that they can work and do chores. Its not fair for anyone.

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I think outside play should happen, but (especially if it's a harsher neighborhood, but even in a safe neighborhood depending on the child's age) with supervision. Of course that depends a lot on the neighborhood and the child. Some are old enough to understand how to be safe (don't run into traffic, don't take candy from the creep in the white van, etc.) but some aren't old enough.

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I went outside with mine. Let them enjoy the outdoors.

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Yep. One day their kids will be fat.

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In today world , no.

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Depends where you live

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Most of the toys are in the house. And parents are afraid their kids are gonna get into trouble hanging with other kids. Peer pressure and gangs are a real threat in many areas of the USA, even where I live which is considered one of the best smaller cities to live in.

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Yes!

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By the time my son was 13 he knew how to travel by boat, plane, and train. I tried to give him lots of independence balanced with safety. He is a confident, independent, and resourceful 17 year old now.

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Sounds like getting about on his own built his confidence

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Yes

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