I was listening to the TV this morning while rushing about getting ready for work and they were talking about how we are over-protecting our children. Survey results showed parents felt children under 14 should not be left on their own. There was one of the children's charities on saying that children that are given freedom to mix with peers gain important friendships and social skills. Crime figures say that less children go missing in the UK than 30 years ago.
As a parent of two very young kids I am finding it difficult to see what is over protecting and what is giving children some freedom. I let my babies play in our back garden but watch them from the kitchen the entire time because I am paranoid they get stolen. When I think back to my childhood, from about 6-7 years old my friends and I use to race about on our bikes. We built dens, went hunting for frogs, swimming in the sea ... These were most definitely the best days of my life and I look back on these care-free days. I want my kids to be able to do the same thing ... to feel that freedom. Yet I don't know if my over protective clucking will allow it!