Mercede - posted on 03/18/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )
I remember as a kid I used to spend most of my summer playing with neighbours' kids on the street/ backyards, biking, playing tag and lots of traditional games-which almost don't exist now-. We never went to camps or different classes in summer and we loved it. It was all fun and very joyful as we could be creative and decide how to plan our days without adults' commands and supervision at all times. We would play, explore,learn and make friends.
We live in a neighbourhood where people are very private and don't like to mingle with others ( and I don't think it's just our neighborhood that is like that). we never see kids playing on the street or even in their driveways. My kids are very sociable and love to have playmates but I always have to put them in the car and drive to parks just to find some kids(if any)that they can play with. I wish I knew what other kids do inside all they long. even in a beautiful summer day we don't see children outside playing, well, maybe a few, sometimes, very short.
I wonder if this is a bad idea these days to let our kids play with other kids on the street-of course with adults watching them- . To me it's very healthy and neccessary for kids to have that pure free play time (not in classes or camps or schools).
I would like to know what other moms think about it and if anyone has the same issue how you deal with it.
Thanks for your thoughts,