Discussion in 'Broadlands Community Issues' started by luftinarr, Apr 28, 2008.
Too much dog crap back there.
Great post. Parents who tell their kids to play in the street because they don't have a back yard could easily take them to a tot lot, park, etc. Maybe they could even take them on a walk.
I'm a careful driver and obey the speed limits. I even go under the speed limit when I drive on residential streets, generally to the chagrin of a tailgating minivan driver behind me! Still, I think letting kids play in the middle of the *darned* road is just plain child endangerment.
Sunny, I can see your point partially. While I disagree with you on the place you choose for your kids to play, I am glad to know that you are not one of the parents who can't be bothered to watch their kids. I think you are rarity. When we go on walks in the community, 9 out of 10 of the young kids we see are in the street UNSUPERVISED. That's the real problem. So, maybe we need a sign in front of every house that says "WATCH YOUR KIDS!"
EVERY GAME CAN'T BE PLAYED ON GRASS! where did you grow up that playing certain games in the street didn't happen?? we have a big back yard as do many of our neighbors but for some reason the kids prefer to play baseball in the cul de sac using mailboxes and shrubs as bases. they are 8 yrs old and up, and they move when cars are coming.
raise a smart kid and he'll be aware of his surroundings and potential dangers. coddle a kid and keep him in a pen and he'll be in MORE danger when he is out of your sight! (in someone else's care, older and given more freedom, etc.)
I highly doubt your parents watched you 100% of the time and it worked for them. why should it not work for others?
If you want to monitor your child all day, every day, 24x7, with alarmed doors and windows and maybe even a camera or 2, then that is YOUR choice. But just because other parents let their kids have some unsupervised time doesn't mean it is the wrong choice for them.
And as it is YOUR problem, I think you are the one who needs to deal with it.
Stop being Mr. Nanny for the community.
i'm gonna lojack my kid with the same chip i have in my dog.... lol
Making them play in the street is not a good idea, say what you will.
You know what Mr. Nanny really is? It is wanting the State to supply signs that say "Watch Out for My Kids in the Middle of the Road" in front of every house, so unattentive parents can feel better for making their kids play in the street.
I doubt that there is one parent in this community that MAKES their child play in the street.
As for signs, I also think they would be a waste but who knows. If a sign stops ONE driver that might have otherwise hit a child, then is it worth it? Yeah, I think it would be too.
Don't forget that the manhole cover is home and no sliding is allowed.
I always wondered why chaulk didn't work so well on the lawn...
Really? See the post below. Someone actually wanted their kids to play in the street so desperately that they bought a specific house for it!
Why are you just using that "logic" for signage? Why not outlaw cars because, if you make them illegal and save just one kid's life, it is worth it, right? Also, you could apply that logic to guns. Why not outlaw guns because, if you make them illegal and save just one kid's life, that's worth it, too, right? Granted, those are extreme examples, but they follow your line of "logic."
So, I ask, "Where do you draw the line, T8?" You seem to be advocating for a rampant, out-of-control nanny state with signs every two inches and where anything that could hurt a child is illegal. Wouldn't it be a better solution for parents to keep their kids out of the middle of the road? Voila! Problem solved.
Ah, but it works well on many places that don't see lots of traffic, like the driveway that is conveniently located near the street.
Wow, "could" changed to "had to" right before my eyes!!! Yes, we bought on a deadend street so that the little ones could play in it, like riding bikes and such.
One of my fondest memories is setting the porta-crib on the double yellow.
The Broadlands community has amazing nature paths throughout. It's really fun to take the kids out for a ride on them, and it's much safer than having them play in the middle of the road.
Kids get assaulted on paths, kids drowned in pools, kids get hit by cars. Following your logic, I should just keep them inside. But wait, fires happen there. And people break-in to steal and assault.
Hmmm...maybe we can put all our kids in fire/bomb/virus/bad-guy bubbles!!!
Dude, I'm done with this. Count me out of this conversation. If you think that the middle of the road is the best place you can have your kid play, then have at it. I just feel sorry for your kid and sincerely pray that nothing bad happens.
I can't wait for the signs to start popping up in front of every house! That's sure going to be pretty, but at least your signs will make it impossible for anyone to speed in the Broadlands (yeah, right!).
You know why we want a sign put up? Because last year a neighbor called the police and had Loudoun's finest (two squad cars) come to our cul-de-sac to say the kids shouldn't be in the road except for their bikes. Okay, thanks officer. Thank you, neighbor. Oh, and by the way, the officer also had to give us verbal warnings for having open containers on our own property.
There's a rule in our family that a parent has to be outside with the children at all times and this responsibility is dviided up among two neighbors. I watch their kids; they watch mine....it's take a village mentality. Our children have rules: no one in the road unless they're on bikes. All other games are played in only two yards.
Don't anyone dare say that I'm irresponsible because I want more signage to alert speeding, senseless drivers that there are children playing. I refuse for my anyone in my family to become an example!
Did you CONVENIENTLY not read where I said: "As for signs, I also think they would be a waste but who knows."
I do NOT want more signs, I just want safer driving on our streets.
And I am also not NAIVE or ignorant to think that kids are not going to play in streets, parents aren't going to watch their kids EVERY SECOND of EVERY DAY, and people sometimes are bad drivers.
So you can go ahead and be Mr. Perfect (tic) and put your life totally on hold to raise your children EVERY SECOND in a vacuum where you will probably have them wear ankle monitors when the are teenagers so you can be "responsible".
Hypothetically of course.
Silly Yak - I don't feel sorry for your kid(s). They are going to grow up well-adjusted, normal and not afraid to cross a street.
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