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    I remember that fourteen years ago in 1999, the streets of my neighborhood were full of children playing. In recent years, the neighborhood has been bare. Very few souls are seen outside, even in the summer. What has happened to playing outside?
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      iPads happened.
      There is a battle between two wolves inside us all.

      One is evil and the other one is good. Which wolf will win? The one you feed the most.

      http://unbelievableyou.com/a-native-american-cherokee-story-two-wolves/
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        • 1 year 4 months ago
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        Are you sure there even are any kids around in your neighborhood any more?
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          stake n sheak wrote:
          Are you sure there even are any kids around in your neighborhood any more?


          If there are, I haven't seen them except when they come home from school
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            So, yes. I guess crow is right. I don't know, I just saw some kids making snow men the other day. Is your neighborhood full of richy bitches?
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              • 1 year 4 months ago
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              My old neighborhood had few families with children by the end of the last century. Now that I've moved to North Seattle there are lots more kids around but they are in daycare all day long.

              I miss having kids playing outside, riding bikes and just plain gettin'in trouble. Even the neighborhood baseball diamond was quiet last summer.
              The Eldorado is dead. Long live the Eldorado.
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                In the name of those neighborhoods I apologize. Around that time I bought my Econoline. With plenty of sweets and perfumes.
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                  • 1 year 4 months ago
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                  Yea if its an established neighborhood there may not be many kids left.

                  The kids still play outside around here, but usually not till after 4 pm when the elementary kids get home. They tend to be outside throughout the day on weekends. In the summer I never see kids outside during the mid day during the week. As Eddie stated a lot of kids are in daycare all day because their parents work or if they are at home they stay in the house. Also many kids today are in structured activities away from home even on weekends. Some kids don't even get home until after dark. I see kids getting out of the car a 8 pm with their backpack and school clothes still on. I saw this in my old neighborhood in the 90s too so I don't think its all that new.

                  I think its more of an issue with parents working than it is with kids being lazy. In the old days the moms were usually at home and they just sort of watched out for each others kids. Today neighbors keep to themselves and the are gone more than they are at home.
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                    • 1 year 4 months ago
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                    I have a big opinion on this one. I think it's because A:) parents are to paranoid to let their kids out without them and then are to busy to take them out, therefore judgeing parents who allow their age appropriate kids to play outside without them and B:) people are to uppity about seeing kids playing outside these days. They act like kids are worse terrors outside now when they are just doing the same things we did. Climb trees, run around, ride our bikes, play with nerf guns, etc.



                    I let my almost 9 year old ride his bike on our street and go to the playground without me with him. He's old enough to do that, in my opinion. When he was 6, I was still very helicotper parentish and didn't want him anywhere outside without me up his butt. Now we live on a street with tons of kids and they range from age 6-14 and they all play outside without mom and dad. They play football, they play at the park with nerf guns, they ride their bikes and scooters, etc. It's like it's the 50s on my street! the kids don't leave our street, they stay here and play outside.


                    However, there are SO many people these days that are paranoid and think your a bad parent for letting your child play outside withought you up their butt. The world is actually LESS dangerous now than it was back then but because we hear more about it on the news than we ever have, parents kee their kids inside and then judge other parents that aren't walking their 15 year olds up to the bus stop. Kids just can't be kids anymore.


                    That and people call the cops for the STUIDEST things these days. There was a lady that lived up the street that used to threaten to call the cops if a kid even walked NEAR her lawn on the way to the bus stop. Some people just don't like kids. They complain kids are fat and lazy but then also complain when a kid is outside yelling and have a good time. You really can't win as a parent LOL


                    So i'm willing to be that a lot of these kids that are not outside, it's because people just have this strong opinion that parents need to put a leash on their kids these days to keep them safe. I've heard people say they don't care how funny it looks, they will walk their kids to the bus stop until they get their driver's license and they will not allow their 15 year olds to walk to the next street over a lone. Either the parents are paranoid or they are afraid they will be judged by people that don't allow their own kids to play outside with the other kids without a parent present. I can understand that if your kid is only like 5 or 6 or you live in an apartment and your yard is a parking lot lol but if you live in a nice area with a cul de sak and there are a ton of kids to play with and your child is like 8-10 they SHOULD be ok to play outside without you for at least a little bit, as long as they follow your rules and check in. I don't want my kid to be afraid to do things without me. We playfootball with the neighborhood kids sometimes and go for walks with my son while he rides his bike, but he's almost 9. He doesn't need us to hold his hand to go to a house three houses over and play in their yard with his friend. Others might disagree but that is how I feel, and this is coming from ME, who is as paranoid as you can get. This is just something i've had to ease up on. A kid should get to be a kid. It doesn't make us lazy as parents that we are not out there with him every second , anymore than it did our parents who were cleaning the house or watching much younger siblings when we were sent outside to play. I don't want to live in fear of something that COULD happen and have him miss out.
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                      I agree Alyssa! I walked the neighborhood alone since I was 6 year old. It disturbs me that there are 13 year old boys who are not allowed this freedom. I saw this as a kid and I just couldn't wrap my mind around how overly protective/strict some parents were.

                      I remember some kids who were not allowed to play with us neighborhood kids. When we tried to come around their parents would rudely run us off. I remember one boasted to my mom how she never let her son play with the neighborhood kids. He didn't play any sports either. The poor kid must have been miserable and probably had a hard time handling himself later in life. I don't know as most made the white flight out of that neighborhood. I can understand not wanting your kids to hang around certain groups, but its not healthy to deny them social interaction.

                      I also can't stand the parents that feel like their kids need to be supervised when they play.
                      They will yell at their kids every 30 seconds instead of just letting them play freely and work things out for themselves. Here's an example.

                      Johnson let her have the ball
                      Brianna you threw the ball too hard
                      Johnson stop yelling
                      Bennett pick that up
                      Brianna you do that again you're going in the house
                      Johnson don't touch that

                      Why don't you go in the house and let them be? Parents like this almost always have behavioral problems with their kids because they get sick of their parents micromanagement.
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                        • 1 year 4 months ago
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                        I think kids are running out of places to actually "go"

                        Alot of streets don't have good sidewalks and traffic increasingly makes the road inaccessible for children.

                        Fortunately, I grew up with a big yard and woods nearby, but I think that is a rarity nowadays.

                        As said above, neighbors call the cops over everything. There's always the looming threat of a lawsuit or emergency room visit. You can't play baseball in the street without getting yelled at.

                        And sure technology does have its appeal. A lot of things I did as a kid were derived from sheer boredom lol Which I guess does have its plusses and minuses.

                        My brothers and I would play, as I called it at the time- "Imagination Games," which I guess was a precursor to roleplaying. We'd pretend to be ghostbusters, x-men, poketrainers, etc.

                        Honestly, if my kids built a sweet castle in Minecraft instead of sitting under a tree and pretending it's a fort, I'd be okay with that. But I'd definitely make sure they were getting physical activity in; I'd race em myself lol
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                          Orangejuice90s wrote:
                          I remember that fourteen years ago in 1999, the streets of my neighborhood were full of children playing. In recent years, the neighborhood has been bare. Very few souls are seen outside, even in the summer. What has happened to playing outside?

                          Think you need to mind you own business and not worry about how people parent.
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                            https://www.google.com/accounts/o8/id?id=AItOawlbQRsA3bvbrxjk2OPRoTfDrCK_J8zY2UI wrote:
                            Orangejuice90s wrote:
                            I remember that fourteen years ago in 1999, the streets of my neighborhood were full of children playing. In recent years, the neighborhood has been bare. Very few souls are seen outside, even in the summer. What has happened to playing outside?

                            Think you need to mind you own business and not worry about how people parent.


                            Hello there jerk. I was being nothing but curious. You are just being rude, and for some reason I get the vibe that you are insecure about the parenting skills of either yourself or people you know.
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