at what age do you sit back and just watch them while they play and not be with in reach of them?
with my first (who is now 19 yrs old) i was all over her.
now with number 6 (who is 2 1/2) i sit back and let her play. she usually stays with in eye sight and comes back to me when she wants comfort or reassurance. it is interesting to me how much more comfortable i am in my children as i have had more kids. each of them has had their own comfort zone as to how far they wanted to be from me when they were little, and how i have become more comfortable in allowing them to discover that zone for themselves.