IMO depends on where you are. I presently live on a very old farm (think old rusty things) and we have dogs (think surprises in the grass) so I make my children wear shoes outside. If I had a nice yard and no dogs I would not worry about it.
My kids only wear shoes in the front yard and when we go off.. In the backyard, I know whats there and obviously in the house... so they go barefoot.. When its the front yard, I dont know what people have dropped while walking past, so I worry about that... We have a dog and if they step in poo, they step in poo LOL. it washes off.. We have the dog trained to poo on 1 side of the yard and the kids kinda watch where they step over there.. Also, we pick up the poo every 3 days or so... We also walk the whole yard and pick up anything else out there every 3 days.. like trash and/or broken pieces of toys, etc..
these post are helpful i need them really to convince dh that it is ok for ds and dd to walk out back barefoot and out frount - i think its fine if i scan the area first as we live in an appartment complex so their are others around but not much outback
When ds1 was little, we lived in apartments and we would let him outside barefoot about 1/2 of the time... We would hold him and do a scan for glass, ant mounds, other trash... then put him down to run and play. We lived in an apartment complex with nothing but college kids (okay, so 90% college kids) and I got tired of picking up broken glass to let ds down to play so ended up making him wear shoes outside
Wherever possible I let the kids run about in bare feet, it's so much better for them - and so do I. I think there could be a barefooted tribe if you look in 'finding your tribe forums'. IMPO, for our foot structure its far more natural for us to walk around in barefoot, we wear flip flops when out in the streets in good weather and have been doing so for the last month - it's wonderful!
I don't let ds do it.<br><br>
I have both stepped on a hot piece of charcoal hidden in the grass, and had a stick jam into my foot while running. If anything I will leave ds sockless and put some pedipeds over his feet just for some small measure of protection.<br><br>
I would probably feel comfortable letting ds walk barefoot on the sidewalk, it's the sticks and rocks and other things hidden away in the grass that worry me.<br><br>
I do walk around barefoot myself, though.
one thing i really worry about is stepping on bees- i know i do it at least 2 times each summer and it is very painful to get a sing on the bottom of myour foot. i think im just gonna do barefoot sometimes not all i just dont fell 100% about it outback going for walks fine but i worry about, glass, rocks, bees, and bottle caps.