Lincoln has been going on a lot of field trips this summer with his daycare. I think it’s awesome they do so many activities and get the kids out of the daycare and into the world. They’ve gone to parks, a play at the Apple Hill Playhouse, the Carnegie Science Center and Triple B Farms.
Every time he goes I ask myself, “Is he too young to go on these field trips?”
On top of my wonders and worries, my mom always reminds me that she never let me go on field trips.
“I’d NEVER let you go. NO ONE can watch you as good as me,” she says.
I missed a lot of fun times. I may have also missed the opportunity to get snatched, too. Who knows?
So far, there haven’t been any incidents (that I know of). I’ve seen photos from these trips and there’s always a teacher hovering around. I feel confident that they’re watching him and the others as closely as possible, but there’s always the chance something could happen. I know this and in the back of my mind I worry like crazy about it.
I send Linc on the field trips because I know it’s going to make his day awesome. He gets to ride on a bus (his favorite part) and have fun times with his friends. I tell myself he’ll be fine and have fun. This makes it easier for me to let him go.
I seem to have a problem lately with figuring out if he's old enough or capable of doing something -- these field trips, playing alone with some friends in the other room, etc.
Would you (or have you) send your two-and-a-half-year-old on these field trips? How do you determine if your kids are ready for more freedom or responsibility?
Erin Hill is a first-time mom to Lincoln, who was born in January 2010. She's learning as she goes and is experiencing everything a new mom goes through while seeing the humor, irony, and enjoyment in her adventures.
Erin is a full-time technical writer and features freelance writer in her "spare time." She lives in Plum with Lincoln, her husband, Adam, their dog, Roxie, and five (yes, five) cats, Nirvana, Gary Roberts, Elvis, Talbot and Forrest.