There is a group of kids in our neighborhood that are always out, running around and riding bikes everywhere. They range from about 6 to 12 years old. One of these kids is a friend of The Bear's and is in his class. He has been over a few times and has brought his older cousin over to play. I don't have a problem with this. I don't mind having them in to play video games a few days a week, but I just can't take it EVERY day. Also, I wont let The Bear "hang out" with them outside. I think he's too young to just be strolling the neighborhood. Besides, I don't know these kids or their parents. I'm surprised they are allowed to just roam around.
Back in the day, it was no big deal to just go outside and "play". I feel sad that times have changed so much. When I was in grade school, I had to walk a really long way to get to my bus stop. No big deal. Now days, there is no chance I'd let my kids do the same thing. Too many psycho weirdos out there.
Am I too protective? Do you let your kids out?