The best aspect of living in a cul-de-sac is the street becomes a bit of a communal play area for the kids living in it. Where we live it is like this and there are kids from 3-14 playing together who watch out for each other. The older kids even organised an Easter egg hunt for the little ones on Thursday night.
These parents sound awful though, I think most parents would be apologetic and offer to cover the repair costs.
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08-04-2012 16:46 #21
08-04-2012 16:51 #22Senior Member
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Cul de sac or not I still wouldn't let my kids play out on the road, call me paranoid but accidents happen.
My kids play outside everyday, but in the backyard, that's what they're for.
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08-04-2012 16:53 #23Senior Member
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We live in a cul de sac and our kids play outside and on the road with neighbors kids riding bikes and scooters but we always keep an eye on the kids and the rule is that they are not allowed in anyone else's yard etc so se can always see them. It's quite safe in our area. From the comments from neighbors that don't have kids id say they are happy to hear them outdoors being active!
08-04-2012 17:00 #24
08-04-2012 18:47 #25
Like I keep saying, the fact that they are on the road is not the main issue. And everyone who does let their children play on the road has some level of supervision. Remembering these kids are like 4.5 & 6yo
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08-04-2012 19:35 #26
08-04-2012 19:44 #27
Culdesacs are a little safer, but a 4 and 6yr old shouldn't be out alone. A little young I think. I'd probably allow kids to play in the culdesac but make sure they're supervised at all times.
With the going off at the kids, yes you had a legitamit reason to get ****ed but I think it would've been better handled to have gone straight to the parents instead of yelling at the kids.
08-04-2012 19:51 #28
As for psychos - did you know that statistically, if your child stood outside your house, on average they would have to stand there 19 years before they would be abducted? Of course every parent decides what amount of risk they are willing to take, but for me the benefits of playing outside with other kids far outweigh the miniscule risk of being abducted..
08-04-2012 20:11 #29
Firstly, I'd be visiting the police station to make a statement which doesn't hurt or cost anything. Just to back up what has happened and what has been damaged..
Then, if it happens again I'd do the same again but this time I'd also contact my local council. They take nuisance neighbours quite seriously and together with the police and council they may possibly do something about the disrespectfulness and rudeness of these children. Their parents are solely responsible for their children and any damage they make to other ppls or public property. Just like a dogs owner is responsible for fixing someone's car if it ran out on the road and got accidentally hit by the car. Don't stand for it and good luck :-)
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We are turning in to such an awful society.
Lock our kids in gardens away from psychos and to stop them from "annoying" neighbours.
Going to the police instead of talking it out with them...
My kids live in the cul de sac. they are 9,7 and 2.
We have spoken to our neighbours and have a few rules. No noise before 8am and after 7pm.
But the kids live here, its their neighbourhood too. They are not annoying to out neighbours. They play handball, ride scooters and bikes and play games, all on the road.
I grew up in a cul de sac and so did DH and we both lived out there.
I do not want a high security fence ...I do not want my kids to be locked away.
I think the damage is bad OP, I do think that maybe you could go to the neighbour and say, hey we seem to have got off on the wrong foot and would like to patch it up..and talk.
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