When did you let your kid ride bikes "around the block"
I only allow my daughters (9 &8) to ride bikes around the house and in the alley beside our house and behind it. My neighbors allow their 6 year old to ride down the street, onto the street behind ours and back home (literally a neighborhood block). To me, this seemed completely unacceptable because it was out of earshot should they need to yell for help.
Well. My best friend lives the next town over and her kids are 10 and 9 and she's been letting her kids ride around the neighborhood for years. She told me I was behaving a little control freakish and now Im wondering if she's right!? My mom let me ride around the neighborhood when I was my daughters age, but, at the same time I knew all my neighbors and it was a safer time. I'm all for kids being kids- believe me, I'm not a super helicopter type parent at all- I just thought I was being vigilent. Its only 6:10 here... getting dark. I see the little girl next door riding her bike in the alley and I think... its dark out. Go home.
What is your opinion? I am willing to loosen the reigns if it's true I'm being irrational. I don't want to raise a fuddy duddy kid who cannot do and think for themselves. However, I don't want to feed my kids to the wolves, either. Kwim?