How young is old enough

Recently I was asked how I would feel about not being able to stay and watch my son at his after school activity.  My first thought was NOOOOOOO!  Not because I do not trust the coaches and owner, but because he is 6.

It’s a bit weird that my reaction was to say no.  He has gone to “Parent night out events” at this location and loved it.  I was a nervous wreck, though I tried not to show it.  Still I am not comfortable leaving him in class for an hour without me there.

In speaking with other parents some agree with me others do not see what the problem is with dropping off.  This raises the question, how young is old enough? If my son was 7 I don’t think I would have the same reaction but that is only a year away.

My thoughts are this, within that year a lot of growth happens, we are already seeing it.  Right now he has not fully learned impulse control and is easily distracted.  Combine that with most of his instructors/coaches being young and having 4-8 other kids between the ages of 4-7 in a group how will they be able to handle it if he does get hurt.  I love my son but know how dramatic he can be when he gets hurt, will they be able to assess when he is really hurt or just being dramatic? He is starting to learn the difference but is not there yet.

What is your thought? How young is old enough to drop a child off for an after school activity?

 

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