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    I live at the end of a dead-end street. Nearly every afternoon my children and my neighbours children play out the front, in our yards and also on the street (riding bikes and scooters, playing cricket etc). Between 3 houses we have 8 children between the ages of 2 and 10. We parents are ALWAYS supervising the kids, usually 2 or 3 of us, sometimes more once the dad's get home. We do usually have a glass of wine while the kids are playing (full disclosure!)

    All of our other neighbours, even those without children, always slow down and wait for the kids to get off the road, giving us a wave as they go by. All except for the couple across the road. They speed in and out of the street, and they will sometimes drive around the younger children instead of waiting for them to move off the road completely, throwing us dirty looks and shaking their heads. We have tried to resolve this issue as adults, by speaking to them, but things are getting worse now. Both parties are getting more and more frustrated, so I'm looking for some advice.

    Are we in the wrong for letting the kids play on the street, even though we're supervising them? Or do the couple at the end just need to grow up and slow down? How do we resolve this issue? TIA

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    I don't see anything wrong at all with letting your children ride around outside. I think it should be happening more often!!
    I think the couple just need to realise that children need outside play and to socialise in a friendly environment. They should just grow up and slow the heck down.
    As to how to resolve the issue, could you ask what there problem is? I have no other advice i am sorry, But good luck!

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    *Yes they should slow down and take care on the road especially when they know there are kids on the road.

    *Road are not playgrounds. They are designed for cars not games of cricket. Knowing most aussies grew up doing it and its a lot of fun. But and its a big but, If you know they don't slow down and drive around your children that ultimately you need to not put your children in danger.

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    They are not in the wrong- roads are not for playing on.

    However, it is also not wrong to do so if the rest of the street is okay with it- as in everyone.
    They clearly don't agree with it and provided they are going the speed limit, legally they are covered. Not saying this is ok, as I would slow down.

    We always played on the street but it was quiet and everyone had kids doing the same.

    Currently, living on a street where almost everyone has kids but it's near a few main roads and lots use it as a shortcut.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LoveLivesHere View Post
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    *Yes they should slow down and take care on the road especially when they know there are kids on the road.

    *Road are not playgrounds. They are designed for cars not games of cricket. Knowing most aussies grew up doing it and its a lot of fun. But and its a big but, If you know they don't slow down and drive around your children that ultimately you need to not put your children in danger.
    This.

    I do not let my kids play on the road. Cars drive on roads.

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    Our children play in the road with us supervising all the time. There are a lot of kids on our very quiet street and all the neighbours are very cautious of children when they drive in.
    Technically I guess we are doing the wrong thing but when your backyards are tiny put the front is the place to ride bikes, scooters, basketball etc

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    Default Opinions about kids playing on road.

    Quote Originally Posted by Feezy View Post
    I live at the end of a dead-end street. Nearly every afternoon my children and my neighbours children play out the front, in our yards and also on the street (riding bikes and scooters, playing cricket etc). Between 3 houses we have 8 children between the ages of 2 and 10. We parents are ALWAYS supervising the kids, usually 2 or 3 of us, sometimes more once the dad's get home. We do usually have a glass of wine while the kids are playing (full disclosure!)

    All of our other neighbours, even those without children, always slow down and wait for the kids to get off the road, giving us a wave as they go by. All except for the couple across the road. They speed in and out of the street, and they will sometimes drive around the younger children instead of waiting for them to move off the road completely, throwing us dirty looks and shaking their heads. We have tried to resolve this issue as adults, by speaking to them, but things are getting worse now. Both parties are getting more and more frustrated, so I'm looking for some advice.

    Are we in the wrong for letting the kids play on the street, even though we're supervising them? Or do the couple at the end just need to grow up and slow down? How do we resolve this issue? TIA
    I think they're in the wrong.

    Kids playing in the street supervised is fine.

    Fully grown adults speeding past little kids and not even waiting until the kids move off the road is not ok!

    But I don't know what you can do about it? Fair enough they might be annoyed about kids playing on the road but to act like this is dangerous. They should approach you and tell you they aren't happy about the kids playing etc. Their passive aggressive behaviour is dangerous and stupid

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    Technically no, people aren't meant to play on the road. I understand the temptation if you live on a quiet street. If kids are in danger then they need to be taken out of the dangerous situation. As for who is right...I think everyone is in the wrong. Your neighbours sounds like douches though.

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    Are there any other reasons why the older folks might be peeved?

    Are their direct neighbours (next door) respectful to them?

    I can't see why the children playing on the street as a stand-alone issue would be making them so mad.

    Is the play time ending at a reasonable time in the evening?


 

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