Damned if you Do & Damned if you Don’t

It can’t be easy being a parent. A few weeks ago I was observing a couple of mums with an assortment of children under five on scooters, bikes and buggies enjoying a walk on the path round Airthrey Loch. They were obviously on familiar territory. When they got to the bridge, a couple of the older children headed up the steps and gleefully headed over the bridge on their own.

A couple, anxiously witnessing this scene, came down the steps to tell the mum where the children were, in what seemed like quite a judgemental way. She was being critiqued for letting them out of her sight. At the same time there is an opposite school of thought informed by Scandinavian practice that advocates for young children spending time out of sight of adults.

I fell into conversation with the mum and she said the bridge was great because she knew it was safe for them to go over on their own.


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