Should a 6 year old be supervised outside at all times?

Ellen - posted on 03/30/2015 ( 4 moms have responded )

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I live in a gated community with a playground. A new family moved in about 2 months ago and have three boys ages 6, 8, and 10. The smallest one (age 6) just roams the community on his scooter unsupervised. I can tell he gets limited attention at home. He is very wreckless on his scooter and has almost been hit several times darting in front of cars that are driving thru the parking lot etc.. I have told him several times that he needs to be careful, but he is 6! He drives my 9 year old nuts and constantly follows her, bangs on our door for her etc. The other evening he was in front of our place for an hour and no one came to check on him. I am on the verge of calling CPS. I am so concerned for his safety. I honestly do not want to confront the parents, because I need to live in this community with them. Any advice or thoughts? Thank you in advance.

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Chana - posted on 03/30/2015

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Dove has a point that needs to be noted. Her son has limits on where he can and can not go but it doesn't sound like the 6 year old you are talking about does. I guess this is really a personal issue but if you are concerned with his safety you need to address it somehow. The last thing anyone wants is for him to get hurt.

Chana - posted on 03/30/2015

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I don't think a 6 year old should be roaming around by himself. I am betting that the 10 year old is supposed to be keeping an eye one him but he is only 10 so not the best idea. I understand you have to live in the community but I don't understand why you wouldn't want to talk to the parents before calling CPS. Do you think if you just talked to them one concerned parent to another they would get upset. I don't know because I don't know where you live, what kind of people they, etc. My only thing is I think I would rather have a neighbor approach me about my child than CPS especially living in a gated community maybe they think he is safe because it is gated. I don't know just giving my thoughts.

Dove - posted on 03/30/2015

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Depends on where you live... over here that is quite 'normal' for the area I live in. 'I' allow my 7 year old to play 'unsupervised' and have for a couple of years, but he has limits on where he can and can not go and what he can and can not do. There are kids younger than him that have a LOT more freedom around here and yes, it drives me nuts... especially when you are driving towards them to get into your parking spot and they just kind of stand there and stare at you. @@ MY son is not allowed in the road/parking lot.

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Raye - posted on 03/30/2015

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I would try to approach the parents, not like you are telling them how to raise their child, but just that you have a concern for the safety since it looked like the child could have gotten hit by a car. I know that it can turn into a nightmare with some people when you even try to be nice and mention something to them about their kids. So, just try to approach it cautiously.

If you feel you really can't speak to them directly, is there a property manager, HOA, or someone you can make a complaint to and have them speak to the parents before going to CPS?

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