Originally Posted by newmommy
Why? Just look at the news. There's your "Why" right there.
And really, I'd like to know this: What harm could possibly result in being overprotective of our Kids?
If I was on either end of the spectrum-Neglectful vs. Overprotective, wouldn't it be better to be on the Overprotective end?
Check out the book Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder
by Richard Louv.
Reading this book is one of the factors that solidified my choice to stay living in a rural area
(where I said I would never raise children
) instead of living in the city that I used to love.
When I was a child my brother (15 years older than I am) thought it was really important that
I know how to defend myself. He taught me several maneuvers and would "attack" me every
so often as a test. I've done the same thing with my dd.
We live on 3 unfenced acres. With neighbors with many acres on each side so our yard large.
Dd is only 6, so for now she knows the boundaries of how far she is allowed to travel in the
yard. I set up a playhouse and swing set in view of my kitchen windows so I can watch her
play while making dinner and cleaning up. A lot of dd's outdoor time she travels beyond the
kitchen window view. This summer she will be allowed to walk threw the woods with a timer
set at 15 minutes for her to come home.
As a child I was allowed to explore my, populated neighborhood, myself by age 5. We lived
on a very busy street, but behind us wasn't as bad. These are some of my best memories as
a child. My friends and I would pack lunches and bike to the park or walk threw the woods.
It was the best. I want my dd to have those same experiences. I gained a lot of self confidence
during those times.
Another thing, we can't really judge the world around us by the media. The media is mostly
hype. I feel it's teaching us to fear the world around us. I know a lot of bad things can happen
to myself or my child. I hope that with our frequent talks of how she can protect herself that
will help her stay safe. I want to teach her how to listen to her inner voice. I want to teach
her to trust herself. I personally don't believe that the world is a scary place. I do personally
believe that I would be doing my dd a disservice if I didn't allow her some without me play
outside. She is a different child without me. When I'm outside she is showing off her skills
on the play ground. Without me I watch her walking along small paths, making up stories,
It's not a perfect plan. It's just our plan. I totally respect other's points of view on this.