My 4 year old is very sharp. I live out in the sticks. He knows not to go in the front of the house (because of the driveway and road) and he knows not to go anywhere but in his swing set, digging area, his sandbox, and on the porch. I let him play out there as long as I can see/hear him.. but I'm not outside with him. My mother and grandmother whom I consult on parenting advice frequently thinks this okay, my neighbors know he's out there and are ok with this (though they are both 2 football fields away, I wanted to make sure if they saw him in the yard without me they didn't think he had escaped) but the delivery guy came and was like "You let him be outside by himself?????"
What do you guys think? I mean, I can hear him at all times.. We don't have a pool or anything.. He's at least a football field from the road. He is a smart kid and knows what death is and knows the road means that (unfortunately, because of our dogs both dying of old age and his Grandpa passing). I think I can do the dishes or nurse his sister to sleep with him playing out there. I check on him constantly and can always hear him. The delivery guy seems to think he's too young.. So, I'm curious who else might think so too.. And why.
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