I was raised on a cul de sac and we spent a lot of time in the street with all the neighborhood kids. It was so fun. However, if we had been disrespectful or callous with the neighbours belongings we would have been marched back inside after an apology.
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09-04-2012 19:36 #81
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09-04-2012 21:17 #82
Even the druggy sons next door are polite and tell their mates off for swearing in front of me or my kids. They even came over and apologised when one got arrested and the cops blocked our driveway.
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09-04-2012 21:28 #83
I played in a cul-de-sac as a child... with supervision. That is the point here. These are very young children, unsupervised outside. It doesn't matter where. My kids are young, and I encourage them to play outside. But I watch them. Always. I have also taught them road safety. My 2 year old will tell you very clearly that you hold an adult's hand to cross the road and NEVER let go... or cars will squish you. She will stop at the verge and wait for an adult, and I like it that way. I don't want my kids on the road for even 3 minutes without supervision, and I live in a quiet country town where people all know each other.
I would be worried about young kids (10 and younger) on the street without adults around as well. Same as I would not let them in a pool without an adult watching them. Some may call this cotton-wool parenting or over-protectiveness and have a *****, but I call it responsibility, and I accepted it when I had kids.
09-04-2012 21:42 #84
I live in a culdesac and I feel your pain, I feel for ds2.5 when he sits on our lawn and watches all the other children on the road but I wouldn't let him play on any other street so ours is a no go.
I also get frustrated when I have to call my visitors and ask them to be careful coming into our street because of the amount of kids around.
09-04-2012 21:43 #85
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