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Old 03-27-2012, 05:55 PM
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I go back and forth....I know at 7 and 8 we were climbing neighbors fences playing FBI and unicorns etc. I know at 5-6 we were allowed out with parents just randomly checking. I do think it has gone too far to kids having no freedom but he line can be hard to draw. I struggle with it a lot myself.
I am all for kids having freedom... but they were out there on the neighbors trampoline for an hour without the neighbors even being home and mom never felt the need to tell them to get off the trampoline that doesn't belong to them.

What happens when that pool gets filled up and no one is watching them?

I don't know... it was taught to me pretty early that you don't climb the fence into neighbors yards (unless they were our friends and our friends were inviting us over to play.. then we would just jump the fence instead of walking all the way around lol). a neighbor boy wasn't taught this and came into our yard while our dog was out... our dog was nice but she really had a hate on for this kid. thankfully she was old, fat and slow (and a small dog) and he was able to get out of the yard before she bit him but she had every intention of biting him.

how long would that kid have been stuck in my yard had I not been here? and who would have gotten him out?

that's how small these kids are... they couldn't even get OUT once they were in (my side of the fence is smooth with no footholds) while standing on a two foot tall rock.

I fully realize kids will be kids but the fact they were on the neighbors trampoline for a good long while without them being home tells me Mom isn't checking too often.

Either way... it doesn't make it Ok for them to climb my fence into my backyard. it is dangerous for them and my dogs should they get hurt since my dogs are the same size as the kids entering the yard... and we dont' KNOW these kids. were it one of Hannah's friends I would be less upset but we don't KNOW these kids at all let alone know the parents

their BIG sliding glass door faces out onto our backyards, a simple glance and she could have easily checked on them. But she doesn't... she doesn't check on the dogs either as they cry and yelp at the door for an hour or so to be let in off of the porch (not even grass where they can potty)

the neighbor beside them though has a very lovely little girl who is 8 years old and I've NEVER once found her anywhere close to my yard uninvited. she has come over to our yard when we invited her over but she knows better than to just hop the fence and come in. I appreciate that and she gets lots of freedom without a hawkeye parent, I think she's earned it

but for kids to be jumping into yards with homes that have dogs (as most homes here do) is just dangerous and cannot be chalked up to "Oh well kids will be kids". I'm not mad at the kids... I'm mad at the parents. would it be cool if we just climbed up onto their porch and decided to hang out? NO lol it wouldn't be

do you think it's Ok for your kids to going into other peoples yards uninvited?
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Old 03-27-2012, 05:59 PM
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I hop all four of the fences around us all the time. Usually its to get a ball, or because I need to see if the neighbors are home or not. We know two of our neighbors really well, the other one's yard is so big they can't see us hop their fence, and we just got new neighbors. Then again, I know them, know that they don't have an aggressive dog, or that they will shoot us, and we've done it for years.
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Old 03-27-2012, 06:04 PM
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I hop all four of the fences around us all the time. Usually its to get a ball, or because I need to see if the neighbors are home or not. We know two of our neighbors really well, the other one's yard is so big they can't see us hop their fence, and we just got new neighbors. Then again, I know them, know that they don't have an aggressive dog, or that they will shoot us, and we've done it for years.
guess it's just a difference of values then. I hopped a neighbors fence once as a kid and my mom caught me and made SURE I knew that that was not OK. trespassing on peoples property was not acceptable

I don't KNOW these people at all.
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Old 03-27-2012, 06:08 PM
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To be clear, I was speaking in general terms....each situation is going to be different. I never played in other peoples backyards, but yeah, we would hop fences to cut through etc. I do not let my children do this, heck they arent allowed outside without me....but I dont know where the line is...its a big grey area.
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I think it's a nice healthy thing for a group of kids to get out and meet to play, though they need to be away from the middle of the street and other peoples' yards. Both can be dangerous, and trespassing is disrespectful and something I absolutely do not appreciate, whether it's an adult or child doing it.
Also parents needs to keep in mind that young children are well, children. Their impulse control and judgment is not evolved at all. When I was 7 years old and my father left me unsupervised, I thought it was perfectly reasonable to ride my bike around busy streets at 1:00 AM and during the day talk to strangers and even go in their houses. I also played in the street and the wash where a family friend's kid died. All of that could have been avoided with a little guidance and supervision. I'm lucky I never got kidnapped or killed.
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Hunter is not allowed in our yard by himself much less wandering down the street by himself.
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Old 03-27-2012, 06:14 PM
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I think it's a nice healthy thing for a group of kids to get out and meet to play, though they need to be away from the middle of the street and other peoples' yards. Both can be dangerous, and trespassing is disrespectful and something I absolutely do not appreciate, whether it's an adult or child doing it.
Also parents needs to keep in mind that young children are well, children. Their impulse control and judgment is not evolved at all. When I was 7 years old and my father left me unsupervised, I thought it was perfectly reasonable to ride my bike around busy streets at 1:00 AM and during the day talk to strangers and even go in their houses. I also played in the street and the wash where a family friend's kid died. All of that could have been avoided with a little guidance and supervision. I'm lucky I never got kidnapped or killed.
Oh good.. I was strting to think I was an oddball by notappreciating kidsI don't know in my yard (and getting stuck) with absolutely no one checking in on them

I can't wait to move to the country and then INVITE all the kids over lol
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Old 03-27-2012, 06:19 PM
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To be clear, I was speaking in general terms....each situation is going to be different. I never played in other peoples backyards, but yeah, we would hop fences to cut through etc. I do not let my children do this, heck they arent allowed outside without me....but I dont know where the line is...its a big grey area.
I can understand if a ball or something came into the yard. I probably would have laughed, got it for them and then told them that if that happens again to just knock on my door but they were just hanging out, collecting worms. Don't they have worms in their yard? My birdie with a nest on our porch needs those worms lol. (speaking of nests i need to make a thread to see if anyone can tell me what kind of bird might have made this nest... Its different)

But what really gets me is they were on The trampoline next door with no o e home. I do fear what happens when that pool is filled up
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Old 03-27-2012, 06:21 PM
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I always had a clear definition of where I could and could not go. We lived in the country but my friends lived in town and I could not believe some of the stuff they would do!

Two sets of kids have been electrocuted on my fence now that I have witnessed. And that's when I am home so who knows how many have wandered up when I'm not. Try to stop them but first thing kids do is latch onto the strands. Horses are dangerous and I don't need neighborhood kids by them.
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I can understand if a ball or something came into the yard. I probably would have laughed, got it for them and then told them that if that happens again to just knock on my door but they were just hanging out, collecting worms. Don't they have worms in their yard? My birdie with a nest on our porch needs those worms lol. (speaking of nests i need to make a thread to see if anyone can tell me what kind of bird might have made this nest... Its different)

But what really gets me is they were on The trampoline next door with no o e home. I do fear what happens when that pool is filled up
OH I agree that is too far for sure! I worry too because of having dogs...it of course makes it that much MORE of an issue.
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