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Curious.... [message #699891] Sat, 21 May 2011 16:10 Go to next message
SkiGirl
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lawn mowing[ 38 vote(s) ]
1.yes 4 / 11%
2.no 32 / 84%
3.maybe 2 / 5%

Would you allow your 7yo to mow the lawn? If not, do you think it is dangerous for a 7yo to mow?

I'm especially curious about this since my kids told me a dad at church recently cut off the tips of his toes while mowing the lawn.

ETA: I have an 8yo and he will NOT be mowing anytime soon!! Our 17yo ds has been mowing quite awhile. I think he began around 12 w/helping mow a level lawn. Our 13yo wants to learn...we are putting it off since he is not the most responsible child. So I am not asking this question for advice on my own family.

[Updated on: Sat, 21 May 2011 17:07]


Rebecca
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Re: Curious.... [message #699892 is a reply to message #699891 ] Sat, 21 May 2011 16:21 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Cammie  is currently offline Cammie
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We dont let our 15 year old mow, but our lot is on quite a hill and I have trouble keeping the riding mower upright.

I would let my 15 mow if the lot was flat.


There is no way I would let my 7 year old mow.


Cammie
Re: Curious.... [message #699896 is a reply to message #699891 ] Sat, 21 May 2011 17:00 Go to previous messageGo to next message
janetR  is currently offline janetR
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Our boys began mowing under close supervision around 11yo, and halfway through the next summer started doing it on their own. So they were both getting close to 13.


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Re: Curious.... [message #699898 is a reply to message #699891 ] Sat, 21 May 2011 17:14 Go to previous messageGo to next message
K in nc  is currently offline K in nc
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No way! Ours were around 10ish when they started learning to mow, and around 11 or 12 when allowed to mow alone.


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Re: Curious.... [message #699909 is a reply to message #699898 ] Sat, 21 May 2011 18:46 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Michele (Queen of Cheap)  is currently offline Michele (Queen of Cheap)
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We have always lived out in the sticks. Jimmy was driving the tractor by the time he was 7. I can see your concern with a push mower (we didn't have one until recently) but with proper training and supervision I think it is okay. It depends a lot on the SIZE and maturity of the child as well. When jimmy was 7 he was physically too little to push a mower (at least over the terrain we had) but he could drive the tractor with no problem.


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Re: Curious.... [message #699915 is a reply to message #699891 ] Sat, 21 May 2011 19:16 Go to previous messageGo to next message
DeannaBanana  is currently offline DeannaBanana
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Ds starting mowing when he was 10. He mowed a little occasionally before that, but at 10 he started mowing all the time. Other ds is 10, he is not as ready as his brother was at that age.

I will say this is one of the few issues I've ever really bucked my dh on. He would have had ds mowing at 7. I fussed about it and ds only mowed when dh was home. One day other ds approached the mower while older son was mowing. Older ds stopped the mower and slowed the engine so he could hear, but he didn't turn the blades off. That was the last time ds mowed until he was 10.

The boys have ridden the lawn mower for entertainment (no blades) since they were 4 or 5.
Re: Curious.... [message #699923 is a reply to message #699891 ] Sat, 21 May 2011 21:12 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Lisa M.
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My 15 yo dd started cutting our lawn 2 years ago. Before that, no. My brother was probably 16 or 17 when he accidentally ran over his foot with the lawn mower. It cut through his sock and shoe, but only required stitches in his toe. Accidents happen and I think 7 is too young in most cases.


Lisa

Re: Curious.... [message #699933 is a reply to message #699891 ] Sat, 21 May 2011 22:48 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Lisa R.  is currently offline Lisa R.
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We had a good laugh in our family a few years ago when my BIL was out of town and my sister had no idea how to start the lawn mower. I could NOT believe it! How had she missed this chore. Well, we calculated, and figure that I started to mow the lawn when I was 8, and it was my job till I went away to college at 18....at which point, my brother was 8, and it because his job. My sister was simply skipped over!!!

I put maybe in the poll. I would not send a 7 yo out to mow the lawn alone under any circumstances. On a flat lawn, with my dh out there supervising, and if the child were responsible, and obedient to listen to instruction, yeah, we'd consider it. Probably not on a regular basis, and again, not without supervision.

Most of my kids have started some lawn mowing between 8-10 years of age.

Oh...it might also depend on the mower, as well. Some are easier and safer to operate than others.

Oh, and a funny lawn mowing story. The kids enjoy mowing my in-laws' lawn with their riding mower...except my poor 15yod is STILL too short to reach the pedals, but my 13yod can do it fine. Poor 15yod tried again this year and stretched and leaned and reached and tried....but she still can't do it. At least she can take comfort in having her learner's license. The kid can drive my 12 passenger van, but not a riding lawnmower!! Laughing


Blessings,
Lisa R.
Re: Curious.... [message #699942 is a reply to message #699891 ] Sun, 22 May 2011 00:38 Go to previous message
Kate Megill  is currently offline Kate Megill
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I've started training my children to mow around 9-10. Mostly it comes down to: when they are old enough to PHYSICALLY control the mower - meaning they are tall enough to control it touching the ground AND be able to hold down the handle to keep it going. I know that I have a hard time doing that because I am so short!!


In His Joy and Grace,

Kate

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