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Daughter and friends camping

Discussion in 'General chit chat' started by Kyska, May 22, 2014.

  1. Kyska

    Kyska Honorary Member

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    Dilemma, my daughter and two of her friends want to camp in the paddock off our back garden next week, now me being the ferociously protective father, the kind of 'if you make daughter cry, I'll make you cry' father.

    I'm anxious about my daughter, but there will be two other 11 year olds in my care, but not in the house, safe and sound.

    What do the agf massive think?

    I could set up a sniper position, or give them one of the two way radios, I'm still not convinced, am I being paranoid dad of the year?
     
  2. Alex.B

    Alex.B Keyboard Hero

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    Hmmm, I'm not a dad but why not let them? have a radio so if theres any problem they can contact you .
     
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    My girl (11 this year)does this regular through the summer, as long as she knows she can get back in the house if she needs too then she is fine.
     
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    If it was my daughter when she was 11 she'd have been tucked up back in the house as soon as it got cold and she needed a pee lol

    I'd let them, strick rules, let her prove her trust ;)
     
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    Probably, and as has been said, let them have a radio? If she's 11 years old, going on 21, why not let her stretch her wings just a little bit, if they get spooked, they will soon come legging it into the house.....................You need some loud recordings of wolves howling, that kind of thing. :D
     
  6. Egg

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    Rather you than me Kysk - my daughter's an independent almost 6 year old that spent her first night camping in the back garden last year with her 2-days-older-than-her cousin. It was fecking mayhem - in and out the house like a fiddler's elbow, eventually getting to sleep at midnight.

    However......

    2nd and 3rd camp-outs were much better, 2nd with her cousin, 3rd with the dog - both times snoring before 10 bells.

    I guess it all depends how far away from main base they are. If it's too far a distance to sprint with a baseball bat (or similar) in your hand then maybe give her a form of comms to put your her mind at ease?
     
  7. Margaret13

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    No because the world inst a safe place
     
  8. jps norton

    jps norton One Hit Wonder

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    Maybe just let them camp out in the garden rather than the paddock, they are only 11 years old and YOU will be responsible for her 2 friends.
    At least then the girls are still in the border of the house so to speak and closer to you.
     
  9. Margaret13

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    dogs get taken from back yards I wouldn't put a child at risk .....what does the parents to the other two children think
     
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    My daughter posed a similar question and she being 14 I thought I would encourage her so I asked where she wanted to go with her friend and her parents. She said the "bulldog bash". It was easy saying no on this one.
     
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    I had to Google this - I thought at first it was some human v's dog organised bouts.
     
  12. Margaret13

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    so you slept with your back door unlocked ...braver and more trusting then me
     
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    I've got a very protective dog that follows my daughter like she was a Celtic goddess, Margaret - plus the dog barks at anybody that comes within 5m of the garden fence :D

    I'm also a reformed psycho that would knock 7 shades of Censored out of anyone that tried it on with me or mine.
     
  14. Ichabod Armacost

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    Reformed????:laff:
     
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    The paddock is connected to the garden, literally. I think the idea with them is that they sleep in the paddock with the lambs and ewes.

    I'm not sure at all now, not a good idea I think, the thought of me being asleep and them out turns my stomach, it's a no I think.

    I could let them sleep with one of the dogs, but that's even more irresponsible.

    Im with you EGG, I'm prickly enough naturally without any of my offspring threatened!
     
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    You have got to be comfortable with the idea of them camping out and it`s obvious you are not, same as I would feel to be honest.
    So perhaps, this time, no is the correct answer
     
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    sad but very true ,
     
  18. Donki Oaty

    Donki Oaty Where's the time going?

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    Can you not camp out with them?
    You have a tent and leave them on their own for a few hours then join them later?
    Is it that bad around your end that people are walking through your garden at night?
    If you don't trust them at eleven in the back garden at what age will you?

    It could be great fun for them.
     
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    I guess a lot depends upon where you live. For the first camp though I'd probably say in the garden rather than in the paddock.

    We live in a very remote rural area - not sure I even know where our door keys are - but you never know who's about.

    Giving them a radio is a good idea, too.
     
  20. Margaret13

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    let them have a sleep over thats what I did doors and windows closed sleep bags on the floor down stairs ...bowls of crisps etc ..... kids go missing in busy shopping malls .........radio no good if taken its too late ....what does your wife think
     

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