Are you a Cotton Wool mum?

Jul 30 • Featured, Uncategorized • 947 Views • 1 Comment on Are you a Cotton Wool mum?

As your kids start to get bigger, one of the challenges you face as a parent is how much freedom to give them. Do you let them walk to school/the shops on their own, for example, or do you insist on trailing behind them everywhere they go? And of course the summer holidays pose their own set of freedom issues, as your children may want to start exploring their environment with their friends.

I'm definitely a Cotton Wool mum – although I do recognise you have to give some freedom if your children are to learn independence. But other mums are much more relaxed – I often see kids as young as five playing on the green near our home with their older brothers and sisters, not much older than 12, and sometimes until dusk. It's not something I'd feel comfortable with.

I'd love to know your views – do leave your comments below. And for tips on how to keep your kids safe, both inside and outside the home, visit Kidscape and Child Alert.

written by Liz Jarvis


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One Response to Are you a Cotton Wool mum?

  1. Alison says:

    I’m a cotton wool mum, but then so was my mum all those years ago, a crowd of us used to play together and it was as if there was a radar between all the mums because as soon as you moved away from the eyeline of all the mums there would be a bellow of names. Mum’s really do have eyes and ears everywhere, even after 15 years of marriage I stiil have to phone to say i’m home safe.


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