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It depends on your child and the safety of the neighborhood. Some 6yos need an adult supervising the play, ready to break up conflicts as they occur. Others are fine without that. Similarly, some kids are good about following traffic safety rules while others might dart across traffic if they're not with an adult reminding them not to.
Age six is old enough for SOME kids to go the the park alone, but not all. You also run the risk of a "busybody neighbor" deciding your'e being negligent and calling CPS on you, even if your child isn't actually in any physical danger.
Do his school friends play there unsupervised, or are their parents/babysitters watching them? You might want to talk to these other parents and ask them to keep an eye on DS while he's there without you. (This will also minimize the chance of one of them calling CPS.) OTOH, if his classmates are playing unsupervised, I'd feel better about letting him go independently.
I would suggest an intermediate step before letting him ride his bike to the park alone. You walk or drive him to the park and leave him there, with instructions to come home at a specific time (or with instructions to stay there until you pick him up at a specific time, or he calls you from a cell phone when he wants to be picked up.) This way he gets to play at the park while you can get work done, but he's not going there "all alone" quite yet.
grateful mother to DD, 1/04, and DS, 2/08
Kate, mom to 7 year old Djuna and 4 yr old Alden. Missing our good friend Hal the cat who died June 2, 2010
Sometimes people think things are illegal that are actually perfectly lawful.
I am not suprised if things are moving in that direction, though. Saddened but not suprised.
If it's illegal to have a six year old play outside by himself in a neighborhood park in your state, could you please post what state you're in?
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