Re: How old before you let your child........ and why?
my dd is 8 and I think by next year if she is with a friend. By herself maybe when she's 12. My kids are both allowed to play in our backyard or even the front yard by themselves but we are on a super quiet bay type street. The playground is down the street but I can't see it from inside my house. I think if I could see it out of one window like you described then I'd be more willing at maybe 8 alone.