Do I worry about giving him his new found freedom? Of course I do! My normally anxious tendencies, although quashed by Citalopram and a bit of CBT, have risen to the surface. Believe me, the worst case scenarios that I envisage are very imaginative, although I doubt whether they're any more extreme than those most parents conjure up the first few time they let their 'baby' off his safety reins. But I recognise that I have to allow him to take more risk as he gets older as part of the growing up process. Of course terrible things DO happen but I feel that they need to be kept in perspective otherwise the bad guys have won.
For other parents facing the same decisions may I recommend walkie talkes. Ours, purchased some time ago from Lidl (not on this weeks excursion) have been a godsend. They allow Louis a bit of extra freedom whilst allowing us to occasionally check where he is - until he loses the handset or the batteries run out! So, these do not replace the other precautions we take, but rather are another tool in our risk reduction toolbox.