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Natasha - posted on 04/14/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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Ok I really like some opinions I try and talk to my family but I know some of you guys know how it is because you are a new mother they always try and tell you what to do and want you to be them.

My main concern is about kids playing. I know how everything bad is out there. But how come over 60% of moms keep their kids inside to play now. Not even in the backyard or anything anymore. When I was a kid I use to run down to the neighborhood playground. I want my kids to do that. I know I get worried alot. But I hate seeing my cousins and nephews and niece who are all younger than 12 sitting at home on video games. I'm not against technology but I rather my kids be running around and coming home covered in mud at that age. I really don't know how to explain this so what I am really asking is how do you moms feel about kids playing outside or at a small distance?

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Lisa - posted on 04/19/2010

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I bought a farm and fenced in the whole thing. My kids play outside daily! I was faced with your situation and it drove me crazy too. When we did live in a real neighborhood, I made it a point to go into the front yard for at least an hour or so to keep an eye out so my kids could get front yard play time. We made the back yard all cute so they could play there too. During the day they had to either play in the back yard or their rooms but electronics could not be played until evening.

So go make your back yard cute, spend about an hour a day in the front with them and ban all electronics until a designated time and/or day. If the say they are board, go look on the post about boredom and let the other moms help you with that too!

Dawn - posted on 04/19/2010

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where i live there are quite a few sex offenders and there are 2 that live within a couple of blocks of where i am. i do let my kids outside, but they are always in my sight and i accompany my girls (ages 4 and 6) to visit with their friends and i even take them and their friends to the park ( with parents permission of course)

the simple fact is that things are not like they were when you and i were children and kids can no longer run free anymore. you could take things into your own hands by asking your cousin's, neices, and nephews parents if you could take them to the local park a couple times a week. they probably have their hands full and would appreciate the extra help

Amber - posted on 04/14/2010

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My daughter is 2 and a half years old and she plays outside when ever she can(when it isn't raining). We have a fenced and private back yard and I feel comfortable letting her play there while I do dishes and watch from the windows and open deck door (my mother insists I should be right there but I think that as long as I can see her and she knows where I am and can get to me, it is okay). I totally agree with you. I don't want my daughter to grow up dependent on the TV or afraid of going outside. We have to teach our children how to be independent and smart about their surroundings. I too remember running around the neighbourhood, and it is true that there are dangers out there but we can't isolate our children.

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