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Old 06-01-2012, 02:19 PM   #21
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Never alone. Maybe around 10 with a friend. Parks are pedophile magnets, I'd feel better about my kids running around the neighborhood than hanging out at a park without me.

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Old 06-01-2012, 03:15 PM   #22
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My kids were 5/6 when they were going to the park by themselves. By 8/9 they were walking 5 blocks & across a highway to buy themselves treats
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Old 06-01-2012, 03:28 PM   #23
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There are groups of what appear to be 8and under at the park often when I take DD. I don't really know how old, they seem really young, but probably are atleast in school since I didn't see them as much during the day. Or at all, hard to separate Saturdays from Wednesdays sometimes.

But we are on a base, so it's seen as 'safer' even though it's not really.

So I'd say it depends on where you live and on the kid. I'd prefer a friend with them at 5. but I'm not saying absolutely not as I know a few 5 yr olds who go to the parks around here with their older sibling (looks like 7 or so).
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My son is almost 9 and he is BEGGING me to be able to go to his friends (walk by himself) to a neighbors house and I think I will start letting him this summer. I didn't let him last year though. All of the kids in our neighborhood start around 7 and go from house to house. It makes me a nervous wreck. I wouldn't let a five year old. I let my 5yo go outside but only with his brother with him.

My mom said that a father was arrested where she lives because he let his 5yo go to the park by himself.
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We have a park about ten minutes away but that is too far for my comfort level. Up at my friend's house there is a park across the street and kiddy corner. I let my girls go there when we visit. They are 11 and 8
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My mom said that a father was arrested where she lives because he let his 5yo go to the park by himself.
Yeah, I've come to realize there are city ordinance/laws on this. Surprised me a little.
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I'd let my son at age 7, if he had a buddy with him. I'm not sure about going alone. Maybe in a year or two? We don't have any parks within walking distance so I haven't really had to think about it.
I think I'd trust my son at 7 or 8. I agree on the friend too.
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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.
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I barely let my 7yr & 5yr old boys in the backyard in our very safe neighborhood by themselves yet where I can see them out of all of my back windows, so I'm guessing 10-12 for me.
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