when do you let your children play on the street

Louise - posted on 04/22/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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my son is 7 n keeps asking to play on the street i dont want him to. What age do you think ?

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Traci - posted on 04/22/2009

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Play in the street?? Main road? I always joke about that.. I have 8 kids.. People ask where they are.. I say playing dodge cars... hey if your on a cul de sac without alot of trafffic set a limit... can't go past the "blue house"...and keep an eye on them reasure them it is not them you don't trust.. there are bad people who hurt kids... better they know.. Don't talk to strangers and if a unknown car comes by tell them to come inside... scream and run and say your not my Mom...your not my Dad!!

Sarah - posted on 04/22/2009

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It depends on where you live. If he wants to play hockey or something with friends on a quiet subdivision street and you or another parent are suporvising I think it would be fine, but it depends on your area.

Amie - posted on 04/22/2009

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As Emily said there's some things to consider. For us we live on a quiet crescent with little traffic and what traffic we do have is localized to the families that live here or ones that know us and are visiting. Everyone drives slow and keeps an eye out for all the neighborhood kids. Even at that none of our kids play on the street. To us that's just not smart. Our 4 and 8 year old love riding their bikes but they do it on the sidewalk. They've had them taken away before because we caught them on the road. Where we are it's illegal to ride your bike on the sidewalk, that's gotta be the stupidest bylaw out there speaking from a mom's point of view though I have yet to see any cop reinforce that one on a child. haha. There is plenty to do in your own yard or a neighbors friends that they don't need to play on the street. Granted you need to have a big enough yard sometimes. I'm glad we chose an older house as our starter house with a big yard instead of one of those box homes that have no real yard to them. The kids that pack into our yard and our neighbor's yards during the summer is a little nuts but then most of the families on the block have kids ranging from babies to teenagers. There are some that try to play on the road but you can bet you'll see (or hear) one mom or another out there right quick yelling at them to get back in the yard. lol.

Anna - posted on 04/22/2009

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i dont let my oldest that is 9 play in the street at all and my street is a dead end,she gets mad beacuse all her friends on the street get to but i dont think it is ever safe to play in the street,really think about it most adults dont play in the street they either stay in their yard or go to a park of somekind depending on the activity,rember you are mom go with your gut instinct and just beacuse other moms let their kid dont mean your the bad mom maybe you are the onlyone being the good mom

Emily - posted on 04/22/2009

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There are a lot of other factors to take into consideration. How busy is the street? what is his maturity level? What kind of games? What is the speed limit. I am fine with letting my six year old walk to her friend's house. She stays on the side of the road and we live on a quiet court. I wouldn't let her take part in a street hockey game though. I also don't let her bike to the same friend's house because she isn't that good on a two wheeler yet. If she wants to ride her bike I go with her and of course, she wears a helmet.

Emily - posted on 04/22/2009

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I think 7 is too young. He might be too small for drivers to see him. He's also not old enough to judge distance and speed of oncoming cars.

Jennifer - posted on 04/22/2009

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i would say never thats what you have a yard for theres no reason for you kids to be in the street b.c of drivers not your kid some people are dumb and don't watch what they are doing and some drive to fast to look cool!!!! i wouldn't let my kid in the street

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