My kids are officially at the age where they want to go to their friends' houses and hang out. I remember doing this all the time as a kid. From kindergarten, I'd get on my bike and ride to the houses of friends, and all over the neighborhood. The '90s were weird, right? It seemed as though as long as I came back alive, my parents weren't all too concerned. It's different, now, though. We're more vigilant about where our kids hang out. So what are the most dangerous things at other peoples' houses? It's not just your neighbor's liquor and switchblade collection.
While many people have differing opinions on perceived level of dangers in a home, there are a few constants that will always pose a risk. While there's no good way to completely shield your child from every danger that may befall them in their lives, you can mitigate the risks by knowing what they are, and talking them over with the home in which your child will be playing. Or, you could be like me and helicopter the heck out of your child, never letting them out of your sight, let alone letting them go to some other child's house. Wait, I mean, don't be like me. It's not healthy.