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December 18th, 2012, 08:38 AM
Repti.Mom's Avatar Platinum Supermommy
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Sebastian is the only one not allowed to free roam. Weston is too small yet. The other kids can be where ever they want. I ask them a lot to play with Sebastian downstairs in the playroom. There's no toys allowed upstairs so it's not much fun up there.

Even though we live in the 'city' all the kids besides Sebastian are also pretty much free to play anywhere in the neighborhood so long as they ask. I was sick of calling 3 neighbors to find out where they are. Our whole block is filled with people with kids though so there's TONS of places to play. I base that on maturity. Becca was able to go out starting at age 4 because she's more mature than RJ was at that age. Sebastian wont be ready at 4 I'm pretty sure.

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December 19th, 2012, 05:07 PM
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We live in a very small house. Its actually a cottage on the lake but they are only allowed to "play" in their bedrooms and one or two small toys in the living room. Of course bathroom if they need to use it but no playing in there and they are never allowed in the kitchen...ever!

As for outside...they are NEVER allowed out there alone. We have the lake in our backyard and I am way to fearful of drowning. We go outside and play in the grass but only if Dh or I am out there with them but where we live its always raining and cold so that does not happen often. We usually go to the library or play area at the mall sometimes if we go out to town.
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December 19th, 2012, 07:08 PM
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Why don't you let them in the kitchen?
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December 19th, 2012, 07:39 PM
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We have no baby gates in our house. Will see when the new baby comes might put some on the stairs while they are really little. My older kids tend to watch out for the younger ones. Its not that they don't get into everything but I tend to let them go to whichever room they want without me constantly looking over their shoulder.
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December 20th, 2012, 07:49 AM
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I quit allowing my kids in the kitchen when my three year old grabbed a bowl of rice after I had just poured boiling water in it. He got severe burns all over his face and hands. My current kitchen is very small. My husband and I don't even go in there at the same time. There is only enough space for one person to stand. If someone else tried to walk through, someone would bump into the stove. They spend a lot of time in the dining room though, adjacent to the kitchen. I pretty much have them in the dining room if they want to be with me while I cook.
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December 20th, 2012, 08:00 AM
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Oh. Ok. Just sounded weird. But clearly you have reasons.
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