The nights are getting lighter and spring is on it’s way. We are all so excited to have our evenings back but there is a little niggle in the back of my mind.
We live in a lovely little close with mainly families of young children (all boys mind!) and the ages all range between 10 to Harri who is 3. Every summer for the past couple of years all the children have played out in the street and my girls have always begged to play out too. I have never really let them though unless myself or my husband is out watching them.
It makes me feel sad but, with Harri only just turning three last June, I just feel she is still a little too young. Living in a close definitely helps but it is just off a main road with cars flying in at times. Harri is also so excitable, I just don’t feel that she is old enough to play out on her own. It just doesn’t sit well with me and, whilst Meme is 6 and is more than ready, I don’t have the heart for her to be allowed out without her sister.
Last Summer I promised myself that I would allow them to play out. With Harri approaching four, I figured she would be so much more grown up and Meme would be almost starting year 2. In the back of my head though, I remember thinking that summer was so far off I didn’t really need to worry – like it would never arrive.
But we are almost here and, you guessed it, I’m nervous. I have so many memories of playing out with my friends when I was younger, I really want my girls to have the same. However, in my head the age of 4 is still so young and would I even be entertaining this idea if there were not other children playing out? Am I being over protective or just sensible?
Do your children play out in the street? I would love to know your thoughts?