Optimum distance zero
I have them where I want them - in my sights!
Adele Hamilton, Editor Parent24
I once read that babies won't crawl more than about 100m from their mothers without turning back.

So I decided to put it to the test. I sat down in the middle of a clear open field and left my baby to go. But before he could get 100m away, I was getting up and moving after him, even though he was clearly in sight. What if he found a stray stompie? Or a piece of glass?

The art of helping your children grow up is letting them go as far as they safely can, without leaping up to hover, push or direct. It's bloody hard!

How far are you comfortable to let your child roam? Are you a hoverer, or can you happily watch your child grow - and go? Go on, admit all in an email - we won't judge! And if your letter is chosen you will receive a Parent24 T-shirt to wear while you hover - or not!

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