Children banned from playing outside?

Katherine - posted on 04/04/2011 ( 55 moms have responded )

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It's official, the child haters of the world are out of control. It's bad enough that we have to deal with their piercing glares and heavy sighs on airplanes, and their huffs and puffs in line at the grocery store, but now they don't even want to see our children outside doing what kids do -- playing!

The homeowners association of Persimmon Place in Edgewater, Florida, wants to flat out ban children from playing outside. The proposal, to be voted on April 27, specifically calls for a ban on "tag, skateboarding, Big Wheels, and loud or obnoxious toys" on "common property." There will be a $100 fine assessed for each violation.

The more I read about this case, the more insanely angry it makes me. The reasoning of those in favor the ban is ridiculous.

HOA board member Kim Scott told WKMG:

They came in and rented (a home) in a community that does not have a playground and is not conducive to children. Then they expect the children to play in the driveways and parking lot. You wouldn't see them playing in the parking lot at Walmart or Kmart, but they come here and turn the children loose.

Only they don't LIVE at Walmart or Kmart. And who said a community has to have a playground in order for one to live there with children? I've never lived in a community with a playground, and I've both been a child and have children. Just because it's a community of townhouses doesn't mean kids should be cooped up inside devoid of fresh air and exercise. Talk about discrimination.

If they are doing damage on someone's personal property or getting in the way of cars, that's one thing to deal with on a case-by-case basis. But if it's just annoying to hear the sounds of children's voices outside then ... get over it!

The proposal also would require "minor" children to be supervised by an adult at all times. While toddlers certainly shouldn't be let loose, are moms really supposed to tag along with their 16-year-olds? That's not going to work for either party involved.

I can't imagine this proposal passing, and if it does, I can't imagine there's not a discrimination lawsuit in there somewhere. As for the people pushing the ban: There are adult-only communities out there, and if you are that bothered by children, go live in one and don't bother the rest of the world with your crabby, cranky behavior.

Do you think children should ever be banned from playing outside?


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Jenny - posted on 04/04/2011

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When I am dictator I will be banning all adult only, senior only, young people only etc. gated communities. We need to remember how to live TOGETHER and stop being selfish assholes.

Sarah - posted on 04/06/2011

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While I think the people in the article are going a bit overboard, I wish we had some of those rules around here! I live in a townhouse on a small court with 7 units. There are quite a few families here who let there children do whatever they want and it drives me nuts. Let the kids ride their bikes in the court/parking lot, fine. But keep them out of my driveway. They shouldn't be riding around my car when it is parked in MY driveway. You have your own driveway! Stay off my porch as well! The front yards are all connected so while it annoys me when the kids are right near my house, *shrugs* thats just life and no biggie. The noise of the kids playing is fine, although sometimes they are out there yelling at midnight...a bit late in my opinion. My biggest issue though is SUPERVISE your DAMN kids! Leaving your front door open while your kids run all over the place is not supervision. And we are talking 3 and 4 year olds! I understand older kids can have some freedom and don't need to be watched all the time, but young ones? My oldest is only 2 1/2 so he is never outside alone and I cringe watching the things these other kids do when I'm out there. And I don't know how many times we've almost run over a bike that has been left directly behind my car laying down...

Okay, sorry personal rant over! But seriously like so many have said it is all about respect. Kids should be allowed to be kids and be noisy and have fun outside, BUT the parents need to be responsible as well...

Alyssa - posted on 04/04/2011

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Vera, theres a HOA with your name on it.

Sounds to me like your a little peeved off about your car...insurance might have helped. We all need to take precautions because WE CANNOT ALWAYS CONTROL THE ACTIONS OF OTHERS!

Stifler's - posted on 04/04/2011

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I'm still laughing at Heather's grandparents gated community. BAHAHAHA. vera what happens when you have more than one kid and your own kids are the loud kids outside? Babies sleep a majority of the day, toddlers don't! You can't keep them locked up during nap time. My neighbours mow or whipper snip randomly during the day and it's always at my kid's nap time, you just have to deal with it.

Vera - posted on 04/04/2011

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Don’t get me wrong I’m arguing points no one is acknowledging.

I think those parents are doing more harm to their kids than good. The kids will grow up hated – there is more to the story I am sure because so many are upset about the children. Of course there is always the victim role.

I love to see children playing and happy. Giggling etc while they play, but noisy toys are obnoxious! Try to put your infant down after dealing with a 105 fever, ear infection, strep, and it’s kept you up almost all night. The second your baby falls asleep some child sits outside your house being loud as all get out screaming etc and wakes your baby up. Some people work at night and sleep during the day, some go to school and need to study etc…so again the noise is a problem, especially if they play between houses.

If a child gets hurt on their property a parent can sue the owner or HOA. It is a complete invasion of privacy, and annoying at best. There is a place for loud noisy toys and in front of someone’s house is not the place. Those parents are NOT being respectful of their neighbors.

Many home owners work hard to upkeep lawns etc and don’t appreciate little devils running on them, leaving their trash on the lawn and bike marks etc…

We are very strict with out children. We don’t allow them to play in others lawns, yards etc. There are some friends who live down the street and they are allowed to come over and play and vise versa – but that is it. The park is where they are to be.

Children we haven’t approved of are NOT allowed to play in our drive way or yard and cranky as I may seem I will report trespassing. Case and point I have a lovely 8 inch gouge in the paint of my new car from some brat who drove up along side it with her bike. I’ve worked my rear off for that car! She was trespassing on my property, and is not welcome here. Her parents just shrugged their shoulders when I asked them to pay for it. Yep – those same brats rode their bikes into a ladies car down the street and dented it, they were jumping on a minivan and dented it - hope she sues the hell out of those parents!!! Since kids don’t like our new dog they tend to stay away now =)

As neighbors we have agreed the street, and our lawns are not places for them to play. Furthermore a 5mph speed limit is a joke, who really drives that slow? We live 3 houses from the school and people are always speeding!

Kids can still get hurt with a 5mph limit and again who gets sued because some lazy parent wants to watch The Real Housewives instead of supervising their kids? It will take one child to fall behind a car and get hit or ran over and blame the person driving – when it is a parents fault for not watching them.

When it is outside play time we talk to the neighbors, and parents to make sure it won’t bother them. We parents work as a team to monitor the children, and in turn our children are loved and invited over… even by the elderly couple next door.

Just some thoughts not saying they are right or wrong.

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Lacye - posted on 04/06/2011

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Yes some rules should be put down but to not allow the kids to play outside at all? That's just going too far. They are only allowed a little bit of space to play and it's not enough to help burn off excess energy. Yes little kids should be supervised, I plan on supervising my daughter outside until she is about 8 or 9, but any older than that is just insane.

Cyndel - posted on 04/06/2011

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NO!!!
Isn't there enough of a problem with over weight kids, or kids who are difficult to send outside and play without making it impossible for kids to be outside at all.
I hope to move soon as there is no place within walking distance for my 3 year old son to play out side without stepping in dog crap (most of the people in my apartment complex have dogs and don't clean up after them). I would definitely have a problem if I lived in a place where my son could play out side but was told he wasn't allowed because has a bother and annoyance. I can understand setting boundaries, but not completely banning. Setting up a complete ban is sheer laziness, rather then taking the time to set up boundaries and rules for the kids playing out side that everyone can deal with.

Toni - posted on 04/05/2011

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What will be the next step? Old people won't be able to walk down the footpath because the other community members think they walk to slow or talk to loud!

C'mon! What a load of BS!!!!!

Johnny - posted on 04/05/2011

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Oh no! The dreaded sidewalk chalk! I've heard stories of the terrible damage it can do.

Casey - posted on 04/05/2011

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oh ok, well in that case I think kids should be able to ride their bikes and stuff on the footpath but they also need to be respectful of other people using the foot path, i don't think parking lots are the kind of places that kids of any age should be playing ( just a bit dangerous and irresponsible same goes with playing on the road) and as for public parks and playgrounds if you don't like kids playing then it's probably best to avoid them altogether.

Amy - posted on 04/05/2011

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I think like anything else if you're being extremely loud and insane past a certain hour of night [ i think can't do construction or play loud music past 10pm around here]. I grew up in the country. Who cares how much noise you make there? In town is a bit different. I can understand some of it depending on the situation. We have neighbor kids ages 12/13 who practically scream right outside our window. Seriously? at least scream at your own dang house. Stay out of my yard!! But if it's someplace public....whatever public laws there are should go. In parking lots..really, I've never known anyone who wasn't up to trouble to hang in parking lots around here.

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I don't think the OP was talking about kids playing in their yards. It's about kids being banned from "common areas", which I assume to mean like the public sidewalk or the road....areas that are shared by all.

Casey - posted on 04/05/2011

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Hmmm I don't think kids should be allowed to just hang around the shopping centres and carparks especially school aged kids, I live in Australia and on any given day you can go into the local shopping centre and find massive groups of school kids hanging out in the shopping centre during school hours and I think that needs to stop if it's school time then thats where they should be and they shouldn't be allowed to leave until home time.
And all kids under a certain age like todders ect should be supervised when out anywhere even at the local park so I don't see how that should be a problem, and when it comes to kids playing in their own backyard they should be allowed to make as much damn noise as they like and play with whatever toys they want to, however there does need to be some kind of time restrictions like with any noise like from 6am-8pm or something like that cause you do have to be respectful of other people who are trying to sleep ect. I think anyone who carries on about having to hear kids play in their own backyard has serious issues I would rather hear my neighbours kids playing in their own backyard then know that they are hanging around down the street.

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Ok, so a common area is what? The road? The sidewalk? So...where are the kids in the OP supposed to ride their bikes and skateboards (as normal kids do)? In the grass in the back yard? Is Mom supposed to haul her 15 year old kid accross town to a park so that he or she can ride their bike? Um no. Kids should be allowed to play outside their homes as long as they aren't destroying property or doing anything dangerous. And if this "no kids playing outside" rule wasn't in effect when parents moved in, then they shouldn't have to follow any such rule, if it even passes. This is one of the reasons I'd never live anywhere with an HOA. I don't need them to mow the strip of grass between the road and the sidewalk or to plant flowers to make the neighborhood pretty or to tell me what color to paint my eaves. We'll take care of that, thankyouverymuch :)

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Well bugger it really. My child will play outside. If people don't like it, then can suck it up. OR, my alternative option for those people would be to invest in a noise-proof room, and maybe THEY should stay locked up inside and never come out. Simple. :]

Boy am I glad that no such idiot rule exist in New Zealand. As far as I know anyway.

Lady Heather - posted on 04/05/2011

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Well you must be really lucky. If I called my neighbours and asked them to keep it down so my kid could sleep, I'd probably be told to eff off. Not everyone is actually considerate and not everyone can be reasoned with. I certainly never did anything to the older folk next door to us when I was a kid. We were fairly quiet kids (me especially). But still, they didn't want us visible at all. And we were there first! I just can't believe that my respecting a person is always going to have a positive result. That doesn't stop me from respecting people, but I don't always get it back in return.

Vera - posted on 04/05/2011

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I never said I agreed with the actions that the HOA, or maybe the manner to which they are doing so nor do I agree with those neglectful parents. I was merely bringing up things to think about from a different point of view (for those of you who persist on being ugly about anything I had mentioned.) I also said I was just bringing up points no one was acknowledging. They were examples and things that cause problems.

I am well aware of how children behave; since I have 3. I realize children at times can be loud when they play, obnoxious, throw temper tantrums, etc – but as a parent it is also my responsibility not to allow my children to behave inappropriately or to do things that are not safe for them or disrespectful of our neighborhood or neighbors.

We have 4 rules on our fridge, and the first being – Always show/give respect.
Had those parents been respectful of their neighbors this would never had happened. Simply opening the door to friendly communication with the HOA would have eliminated a majority of the hostility. Explaining that you would like to allow the children to play outside while monitored, letting everyone know that if there are any problems please speak with you and you will take care of it, then following through.

It would make the neighbors feel comfortable since it is a shared back yard. If a neighbor isn’t comfortable then speaking to your children and letting them know that Mr. Grumpy doesn’t want children in his area please respect him so he doesn’t get upset – it would fix a lot!

As neighbors they should get along in a compromising way. There is a HUGE distinction between a parent who just allows a child to go willy-nilly outside bothering everyone around breaking the law and a parent that allows children to play outside supervised in a correct manner – thus the way the children are playing and acting is not a correct manner or so many wouldn’t be upset!!!

Why on earth did they choose to rent/own a townhouse in an area where it is not conducive to a child? They were well aware of their surroundings, now they are throwing a fit about it. They clearly could see that there is no place for a child to play, that it is cramped; the bylaws for the HOA required certain rules be followed. I am pretty positive the side walk chalk drawings are against the HOA, litter (bikes etc) on the lawn is against those rules as well. If they didn’t want to live in an environment with strict rules that can be changed with majority vote…then they shouldn’t have moved there!

As for any noise outside around our house.. well communication is key and a simple call to our neighbor allows our children to sleep, or play in their yard with vehicles moved etc… and vise versa goes for them if our kids are loud just ask and we will speak with them or bring them inside so they can have some peace and quiet. Neighbors deserve respect too - children or not – living close or far.

I feel we have a good community, we aren’t closed minded just respectful and try to work together. Yes, our kids fight and get rowdy but again – they are being monitored so we can nip it in the butt!

Maybe the next time they move they will be more thoughtful of their kids and the type of family environment they are moving into. Probably down the street is another place for like 20 dollars more that has a huge play area suitable for children – heck when I moved here we looked until we found a place suitable – it’s about making responsible choices – clearly the parents didn’t make one when they moved there.

Mandian - posted on 04/05/2011

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OMG that is crazy! I think that if you are paying to live in that place, your child should be able to play anywhere on your property. If other people don't like it, they can shut themselves inside or live somewhere else. I can't believe this law is actually being considered!

Becky - posted on 04/05/2011

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So Vera, do you also go off on your neighbors for mowing their lawn during naptime or having the shingles on their roofs replaced so all you hear is banging all day? Because really, how is that any different from resenting the noise a child makes? I used to live in a newer neighborhood where there was a lot of construction going on. FAR more annoying than the sounds of children playing in the streets! And then there were the neighbors who yelled and swore at each other with their windows wide open... But yeah, the dull rumble of a power wheels jeep is a real problem!
Do these people demand that their grandchildren address them as "Sir" and "Mam" and only speak when spoken to? Oh wait, they probably don't have grandchildren.
Seriously, if you don't want kids, don't have them. If you don't like kids, fine, but unless my children are damaging your property or outright misbehaving, mind your own business and keep your hateful attitude to yourself!

Johnny - posted on 04/04/2011

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Vera, can you let us know exactly where you live? I want to make sure I never disturb you.

The old folks home down the road just put a daycare in their basement. The idea is that being around children makes people happier and thus improves their quality of life. It's one of those "buy-in" developments, and apparently it was the senior's idea.

These people sound crotchety and unpleasant. Doesn't matter how old you are, being sour and self-absorbed always just makes you into a fuddy duddy. I could never deal with all those rules. I'm actually a very quiet person (people have actually complained about this to me) and I certainly wouldn't allow my child to run around with loud toys and such. But if I lived there, I would probably suddenly start inviting random strangers to loud parties in my home and buying my kids those trikes that play music when you ride them (and installing an amp too). People this uptight deserve the most possible misery.

I live in a co-op. We have about 1/4 older folks, 1/4 people with disabilities, 1/4 childless singles and couples, and 1/4 families with young kids. We had our first sunny day in a couple of weeks on Saturday, and there in the playground sitting on the bench were a couple of our seniors, chasing the kids around in her wheelchair was another older lady, and the gay couple from down the block were chatting on the swings watching the kids play. It was a lovely afternoon. We all chose to live close together in townhouses, and thus we chose to accept a certain reasonable level of noise around us. No one seems all that confused as to what that level is, and in the 5 years we've lived here, there has never ever been a noise complaint (my husband is on the board).

If you want silence, live out in the country. Of course, if you're as sour and bitter as these people, you'll probably end up with neighbors who have a hog barn or build a hothouse with fans. And then the wind turbine people will move in....

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Our kids aren't 'allowed' to play outside unsupervised. And the kids aren't allowed to go to the playground w/out an adult. Drives me nuts. Obviously I wouldn't send my 3 year old outside or down to the playground alone, but his 9 year old sisters are perfectly capable of playing outside of my view. Thankfully I can see 2 big grassy areas from my windows, so I let the kids play there and I'm still 'supervising' them. MY kids are never the unattended troublemakers that have been complained about though. Most of those kids come over to our area from the other nearby complex. THEY are the ones running through the parking lot and making trouble to other kids. But they don't have on site management, so don't follow any rules.....

Alexis - posted on 04/04/2011

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We have towns here that have age limits on who can live there, for example nobody under 50 or under 30 can live in these towns. They can visit for up to 2 weeks but that is it. These towns were built up with that thought in mind, they also do not have any public schools and do not pay taxes towards public schools. But these are pre-planned communities full of old people...No offense. I also thought there was a huge issue with not being able to get kids off the TV, computer and video games to go play outside. There are many towns, apartment buildings etc designed for childless families\people that they don't need to ban kids from playing outside of their own house!

Lady Heather - posted on 04/04/2011

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If you need absolute silence during the day for work or sleep purposes, it is up to you to ensure your house accommodates those needs. It is simply unrealistic to expect neighbours stay quiet during the day. What about lawnmowers? Hell, you know what the worst sound is? Professional carpet cleaning where they have the van parked outside. Has anyone else had that? A string of my neighbours had them because they were offering specials. I couldn't even hear myself think.

I don't ever want to live in a place where kids can't play street hockey. That's whack. Wouldn't be Canada without a net in the middle of the street and a kid yelling "car" every couple of minutes. Even my ghetto street has that. :)

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katherine...try deleting all your cookies/history and restarting your web browser....it may fix that glitch... if thats what it is...

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if you dont want kids around....move to a kid free neighborhood...dont cage the ones that are currently living in the area...and supervising a minor AT ALL TIMES??? Wtf i thought i read an article about helicopter moms going back to the 80s....

Katherine - posted on 04/04/2011

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I remember when our child hoods were so damn simple. We didn't have to worry about this crap. Now everyone is so litigious.
Yeah a kid can get hit by a car going 5mph, but where are they supposed to play????? Do you not buy a home in a sub so that your kids can play with other kids and socialize and make new friends?
Of course the street is no place to play and the lawn.....well that's debatable.
Now the loud noisy toys.....those don't bother me as much as trick or treaters coming to my door 3 days after I gave birth (I had NO light on) had just gotten my newborn to bed and they rang the doorbell. I yelled at them, with their parents standing right there. Now THAT is a viable excuse to be mad.
I mean if you're that annoyed and want peace and quite, move out to the country!

Lacye - posted on 04/04/2011

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Oh for fuck's sake! Let the damn kids be fucking kids! I live in an apartment complex and not once has anybody said anything about my daughter playing outside. Actually, they all think she is just the cutest thing ever! So the grouches all over the world can take that little nut of wisdom and shove it where the son doesn't shine! :P

Tinker1987 - posted on 04/04/2011

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Crazy....Are these cranky adults forgetting they were kids once too and were likely just as obnoxious! kids are kids let them play. I do think there should be some sort of time zone. these days i see kids 8-12 yrs old wandering the streets some looking for trouble. i think most kids should be home by 8-10PM.~~

Krista - posted on 04/04/2011

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Must...resist...making jokes...about Heather's mom's giant pussy offending the HOA....

Lady Heather - posted on 04/04/2011

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All the pets had to conform to size. So my mum's maine coon would not be allowed.

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HOA's aren't necessarily bad. My neighborhood has an HOA. They're in charge of maintaining all common grounds including empty lots, the community entrance, the pool, etc. We don't really have rules though. At least none that matter enough to be aware of...

These rules regarding children are ridiculous.. I don't think they could possibly pass.

Krista - posted on 04/04/2011

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Not that I want to paint my house 40 colours and keep a bunch of junkers in my yard, but that kind of ultra-enforced ultra-conformity would make me want to turn that newsletter into some Molotov cocktails and start burning shit.

Type of cat...I mean, are you fucking SERIOUS?

Lady Heather - posted on 04/04/2011

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Hehe. My grandparents moved into a seniors gated community because they thought it would help them meet friends their own age. rofl. They couldn't stand the rules. Everything from paint colour to yard decor to type of cat. Every week they got a newsletter with a list of infractions including names. "Mr. Brown painted his trim ivory without consultation" and "Mrs. Smith has not yet taken down her Christmas lights" and such.

Krista - posted on 04/04/2011

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I would gnaw off my own leg before I'd live somewhere with an HOA. They make the Gestapo look like a bunch of Girl Scouts.

Tara - posted on 04/04/2011

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HAHA only in places with high levels of nuclear or toxic waste.
I can't believe some people. Go live in an adult only community where you can sit with all your other child haters and bemoan the very existence of small humans marring the face of the planet.
Sheesh honestly?

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That is ridiculous! I'm with you, Emma...take your cranky, crabby, crotchety old fartin' arse to the retirement home! I'd like to unleash my happy-go-lucky toddler and his noisy as hell Buzz Lightyear robot on the 'ol butt plugs and see how they like that! People like that are miserable no matter what you do. Even if the kids were inside they'd still find something to complain about. This older couple sat across the aisle from me and my 2 kids on a flight and glared at me and huffed and puffed the entire time and made comments to each other deliberately loud so that i would hear their complaints. The thing is, my kids weren't doing anything! They weren't crying or having a meltdown or anything of the sort. They stayed in our little section and didn't try to climb around or do anything that would piss someone off. They were great! What they DID do was laugh. Shame on them, toddlers laughing? It's unheard of and oh so offensive! Then my youngest fell asleep a few minutes before landing. As I was packing us up to depart the old fart said "Well look, now that the flight's over the kid's asleep!". I'd had enough and let it rip. His expression was priceless. You know the kind of people who want to say crap but don't expect you to say anything back then are shocked as hell when you stand up to them? That's what this was. I don't remember exactly what i said but it was something to the effect of it must be a lonley Christmas at your house and I wouldn't be surprised if your children don't even speak to your sour ass. Harsh, maybe. But enough was enough and maybe he won't demean the next lady with nice little kidlets he sits next to.

Stifler's - posted on 04/04/2011

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This sounds like my street, only this is not a gated community. People are always whingeing about the kids playing in the cul de sac and on the street. It's a pain in the arse trying not to hit them on the way in but they are kids. If you want peace and quiet go live in a retirement home.

Nadia - posted on 04/04/2011

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I think kids should be banned from playing outside. And while they're on a roll, lets ban them from school, eating healthy, and being allowed to go to the doctor when sick. Lets ban them from movie theatres, restaurants, and grocery stores, too. Shopping malls and amusement parks should also never allow children. Heck, why not make it illegal to have children in the first place?!?!? That should make everyone happy... until of course everyone is old and dying and there is nobody to take care of them........!!!!

Krista - posted on 04/04/2011

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So you never rode your bike on the street on which you lived, Amanda? These kids will not be allowed to ride their bikes in the cul-de-sac (in which the speed limit is 5mph, by the way).

And actually, I did a bit more digging on some of the news reports. The front and back yards of the townhomes are considered common areas. So the only areas in which kids could play are the three feet of yard on each side of the townhomes. Bit hard to ride your bike there, no?

And loud toys are banned altogether -- even if you are on your own property.

It's one thing to set up safety rules and noise regulations, but this is a definite overreach.

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Children love to interact and play with each other.I don't see why allowing them to play out the front supervised is an issue either.Not all children should have to play in the back yard.My oldest hates the back yard.Shes fine to be supervised for an hour and a half out the front.Were the kids play tag, football etc.

Amanda - posted on 04/04/2011

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I dont see the issue, the ban is ONLY on comman areas, not personal backyards where children should be playing anyway!

Krista - posted on 04/04/2011

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There are adult-only communities out there, and if you are that bothered by children, go live in one and don't bother the rest of the world with your crabby, cranky behavior.

Agreed.

Nobody should have to put up with kids damaging their property. But if it's common property, then what is so horrible about kids playing tag or riding around on a Big Wheel? Cripes, considering how obese a lot of kids are nowadays, I'd be THRILLED to see kids outside playing tag and getting exercise.

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You know what..people like them need there own far away Island.Leave the rest of us normal people to continue living our lives with our children.
If not an island lol have your own child free community.Problem solved.Also if i bought my home and i had neighbours wanting to do this.I would cause an up roar.
We have kids all over the place.At the start it was hell.Its open gardens and all the kids, well the ones who were old enough to understand.They would be in our garden, up around our windows.Ball hitting car and house windows.So i went out and told them, the layout was very bad.There are two green areas for you kids to play on and you need to play on them.I told them how annoying it was to have kids in our space.I am sure you parents would not like it either.
They all got the point and never did it again.A kind word goes a long way.

September - posted on 04/04/2011

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No, and I would never by a house in a community with such rules...ridiculous!

Lady Heather - posted on 04/04/2011

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When I was a kid I lived next to an adult-only complex. Our house was on the beach and so was the complex. I bet if they could have banned us kids from the beach they totally would have. They did everything they could to make us not want to be there (including tearing down the neato fort we built out of driftwood and using it for firewood). Some people are just bitter. They don't need their own community, They need thier own planet.

I remember this came up at my cousins' townhouse complex too. The units were split half and half with families and non and somehow they passed a vote saying the grass was all off limits to kids. Ummmm??? So there was this big field in the middle of the complex and we couldn't play on it. They even roped it off. So you never know...this crap might actually pass.

Desiree - posted on 04/04/2011

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Thats it it's official sorry but there is madness out there and seems to concentrate in one group only.....

Katherine - posted on 04/04/2011

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LOL, that's funny.
I agree with the blogger though: There are adult-only communities out there, and if you are that bothered by children, go live in one and don't bother the rest of the world with your crabby, cranky behavior.

Elfrieda - posted on 04/04/2011

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No, I think a lot of the 1stWorld allergy problems come from having kids too much inside. I agree, they should make the area an Adult-Only community if they can't stand the sound of playing children. Or pony up and build a playground! Although have you ever lived next door to a squeaky swingset? Now THAT is disturbing the peace! My dad sneaked over one night and oiled that thing. :)

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