Where I live, it is safe for me to send my children outside to play without my having to go outside with them; I stay where I can monitor their behavior and their comings and goings. HOWEVER:
They come in ALL THE TIME!!! I get fed up with them coming in to tattle that this one isn't doing what I told them to do b/c the other one isn't doing what I told them to do, etc, etc. And my three older children complain openly about who's going to watch their little brother.
PS: all the children are mine and DH's, so there's no step- rivalries or favoritism going on. No favoritism anyway, I'm equally pissed with all of them, even the LO has his moments.
Advice, experience, stories, anything and everything welcome.
One exception: I will not dignify with a response replies which incinuate (sp) that letting my children play outside without me is unsafe b/c they are totally safe where we live.
My current remedy is door passes. The older kids get two to use for either bathroom or water; they give them to me upon entering the house. My LO also has two; his are for water and he gets unlimited potty trips.