Where are the kids?

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  1. CFClassroom

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    I live in a very kid-populated neighborhood. The houses are fairly close together and the majority of them have school-aged children. Almost every yard has a playset, basketball hoop, etc.

    Today while we were out in the pool my husband commented about how quiet it was and wondered if a lot people were away. That's when I realized that it is always quiet. My son plays tennis at the park each morning and we always walk there and back. We usually take a walk as a family after dinner each night.

    And we hardly ever see / hear kids anymore. When we first moved in they were always out riding bikes, running through yards, etc. I live in the neighborhood that feeds into my school so I know there are still tons of kids here of elementary age.

    Are you finding that kids just aren't going out to play as much in your area too?

    When I was little I would go outside in the morning and not come back in until I was filthy and covered in mosquito bites. So sad to think kids aren't playing outside in the summer.

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  3. Aliceacc

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    Their parents are both working. So the kids are at camp or at daycare.

    My kids are frequently the only kids home on the block until 3pm, all through the summer.
     
  4. Caesar753

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    It's really hot in the summer where I live, so most kids don't come out to play until dusk if they come out at all.
     
  5. mkbren88

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    Our neighborhood has been quieter now that it is so hot. It's too hot for them to be running around and riding their bikes like they were in the spring time.

    I was always outside as a kid playing either by myself or with my neighbors. It is sad how things have changed over the years.
     
  6. MrsC

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    There are generally lots of kids out in my neighbourhood. I haven't noticed many this weekend, but it's a long weekend so many are probably away.
     
  7. iteachbx

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    Most of the kids in my neighborhood are now in late middle school, high school. It will probably be quite awhile until those families start moving out and younger families start moving in. My parents bought the house when I was in middle school and it was a new development so there were tons of families with young kids. Once kids seemed to hit the early high school years they disappeared off the streets/swing sets.
     
  8. czacza

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    Many kids in my area go to sleep away camp.
     
  9. Peachyness

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    As a kid, hot or cold, rain or shine, we were outside playing (unless it was a severe storm). We were just always out there, on some sort of adventure.

    Now, I rarely see kids out. Hubby and I like to go on walks and through the years, I've noticed how few kids are ever outside.
     
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    My neighborhood has lots of kids out in the morning and evening hours, but not many in the heat of the day.

    The neighborhood where I worked last year always has kids (and adults) out in the streets. I don't think I'd want my kids to be out there.
     
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    With the economy, I know that many of the moms who used to stay home on my block have gone back to work. So the kids are in camps for the day.

    The few who have teachers for parents are home, but seem to spend the middle of the day inside where it is cold or at the pool.
     
  12. silverspoon65

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    The kids probably are at some kind of camp or daycare.

    However, I will say I have noticed at a couple of parties we were at recently - one was a bbq where people were in and out of the house. They had the Wii set up inside. Most of the adults were outside having a beer and playing cornhole and the kids were all inside crowded around the Wii. When I was a kid, we would have gotten kicked out of the house to go play. I always hated it because I would rather lay on my bed and read, but I am sure it was good for me. I remember commenting on this another time, as well, but I can't remember where we were.
     
  13. linswin23

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    I live in a huge apartment complex and the kids who live here are out all the time--especially at the pool.
     
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    Most of the kids in my neighborhood have grown up! I've lived here for 12 years, and there were quite a few kids in the neighborhood back then. Now they're all grown or older teenagers.

    There are two little boys who live up the road. One is about 6, and the other is 8. They stay outside all the time. One rides his bike a lot, and the other just seems to play in the yard. One family has recently adopted two little girls. They're about 4 & 6. They have an adult daughter, and they keep special needs foster children. They are adopting these two, who are sisters. They play outside quite a bit, too. One of them is quite a talker. She always wants to pet my dog when I'm walking.
     
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    My daughter is 10, but it is so warm out during the day she will stay in. Then she will go out in the later afternoon to play with her friends.
     
  16. waterfall

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    The kids around here are definitely around screaming seemingly right under my window as usual :rolleyes:.
     
  17. mom2ohc

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    My kids are spend lots of the day at the town pool, but we do have lots of kids in our neighborhood, and most days they are all out back meeting up with each other. We have a lovely neighborhood like that :0
     
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    At my place kids prefer parks to play as every colony has minimum on park and it's a best deal for kids.
     
  19. Rabbitt

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    DITTO!
    During the day, even on weekends, kids are with care givers.
    This last week our neighbor kids were at summer school, or VBS, or basketball camp, or bracelet making at the library. I took my sons fishing one day, a public pool another, and painted the youth room at church.
     
  20. Emily Bronte

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    I also have noticed that kids do not play outside anymore. When I was growing up, we were always outside.
     
  21. applecore

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    Look no further! They're here in my neighborhood and run across the field of my backyard to get from point A to point B, and C then D, and over to E. My kids taught the neighborhood kiddos how to "snipe hunt" this summer...that's been entertaining!

    We live in a some what rural community--cows, horses, and chickens mixed in with new development housing. It happens when the city and county are making up their minds on what's what in a small town. And the parks in the greater area give out free lunches to kids 0-18 during lunch time, so it's peaceful, uhm, quiet for that part of the day. :)
     
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    :haha: I hear ya..my back yard seems like the Indy 500, with being the last of the houses to not have fencing. We might consider it as the neighborhood grows though...
     
  23. Aussiegirl

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    I know neighborhoods go through cycles, but that said, kids today just don't play outside in the neighborhoods as much. Many are involved in sports/sports camps. Their lives are more regimented than ours were. Many kids are not allowed out during the day while parents are working, or they choose (are allowed) to stay inside to play video games, watch TV, etc.
     
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    There are a bunch were I live that are out all the time. But it's usually an older crowd.

    When I was little, I would walk a half a mile to the park each day to have adventures, and would even bring strange women and teenagers home when I was 4. Probably not the best of ideas to let your 4-5 year old wandering around a park half a mile away from home at night alone. xD Most of our play (me, my sister, and the kids across the street) occurred in our backyard. Then we hit age 11-12, and the N64 and PS1 came out, and every day after that was spent in front of a television screen. Kind of sad really.
     
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    They're in my parking lot :)

    It's really too hot for them to be outside right now - I hear them out early in the morning, then they disappear to the pool when it starts to heat up. After dinner, they're back outside. The little ones next door are at day camp for a couple of weeks.
     
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    My area has many young families where most of the houses have at least one kid. Many of them are my students. Yet on an average day, regardless of the weather, the streets and yards are empty. Where is everyone?

    The answer: playing video games or watching television (not the History Channel). How do I know this? I ask my students what they are doing and my own kids tell me what the other kids are doing in the neighborhood.

    We live in an area that is perfect for children to be outdoors having fun with other children. But I guess the consensus seems to veto that idea.
    Sad.
     
  27. Starista

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    They are outside in our street playing! :) We bought a home in this neighborhood because we saw kids playing outside all the time!

    Granted our son is only 17 months, haha! He loves to sit outside on the grass and watch the bigger kids (ages 5-11) play! :)
     
  28. RealThing

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    Playing video games inside where it's cool is a preference with a lot of kids my son knows.
     
  29. OhThePlaces

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    I have two little ones (3 and 1.5) but you will not see us outside! It is way too hot and the mosquitoes are insane this year.

    We're spending our days at the library, the indoor playground at the mall, our local Museum of Science and History, the Zoo (in their splash park!) and anywhere else we can have fun and cool off. On the weekends we usually the beach or pool. Our house is tiled and we even brought their tricycles inside a few days ago so they can ride around. :)
     
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    I notice this too. My dd is only 3 and while we have a swingset and pool, etc, I take her to a variety of playgrounds (schools and community centers) and we are frequently the only ones there. There are kids in our neighborhood and lately NONE of them are ever outside playing which could be in part due to family vacations and/or the hot weather. I think it's also cyclical. When we moved here there were a bunch of kids in the neighborhood, then there were a few years where it seemed like there were no kids at all, we never even got a single trick or treater at halloween b/c there were so few kids then suddenly it seems like there are a tons of kids in our neighborhood again.
     

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