This is so true! I'm much happier, frankly, with the general rule that my children play outdoors on the block where I can see them. I think this is so much easier for all of the parents, too. Of course, it's hard now because of the cold, so our social lives are focused more on church and having a few friends over here to play. I feel kind of blessed that none of my dds' friends' parents are pushing for the get-togethers to be in their homes, everyone seems pretty happy with it being at our house. My 10yo did recently spend some time at the home of our neighbors, who we are comfortable with, but her friend's little brother, who was four, was really wild and kept attacking my dd, so she and her friend have decided it's better if she comes to play at our house. Which is totally cool with me.
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