kids playing outdoors

Andrea - posted on 04/29/2015 ( 3 moms have responded )




Two months ago my husband and I moved to haven, ks with our five children. We allow are two oldest boys whom are 6 and 7 to ride their bikes or walk to their friends house to play. We also allow them to go to the school park, while the younger children stay at home. A week ago we got a visit from two police officers. To which they stated several nieghbors have reported the children roaming around unsupervised. The officers said it is OK for them to go to friends ext but for us to keep a closer eye and to make sure they are not walking in peoples yards, ext. So we did just that made stricter rules for the older boys as far as going out went. Then yesterday officer came by again. Come to find out not several neighbors had called but ONE neighbor was calling them every single day reporting our children. The officer in forms us that our boys are not allowed to leave our yard at all. They can not even 'stay on the block.' Now I understand safety concerns ext. But what I don't understand is how can we be told our children can not be allowed to play out of the yard at all. When we see several children the exact same age roaming around playing unattended. I would appreciate some advice as to what to do!?!? This just isn't right!!!


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♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 04/29/2015




Well, I have to agree with the law on this one. 6 and 7 year olds are NOT old enough to be unsupervised. I'd probably be calling in as well, if I saw the same young children wandering aimlessly without an adult in sight. Find out what the age is in KS for children to supervise themselves, and adhere to it.

I'm all about raising self sufficient children, but IMO, you're pushing the envelope a bit with their ages.

Dove - posted on 04/29/2015




Your boys are only 6 and 7 and you allow them to roam unsupervised and go to the school park alone?! Not OK... children of this age simply do not have the maturity and life experience to be 'off on their own'.... regardless of what you see the other neighborhood kids doing.

Now... I don't know why you keep getting reported while the other parents are not, but that should not be your concern. What should be your concern is the safety and well being of YOUR children.... and yes, them staying in their own yard or going directly to the yard of a friend IS right for their age.... not roaming around unattended.

Ev - posted on 04/29/2015




I would go to the police station and ask to see the supervisor of the officers that told you this and see what the town ordinances are on kids roaming around town and in the neighborhood are. This day and age it is so easy for kids to get into trouble. And keeping an eye on them a bit more often is not a big deal. It might keep the one neighbor from calling them in all the time. As for making them stay in the yard and not going out to friends...that makes no sense.

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