It is possible to get kids back outside, on their own, even in 2017.

THIS Mom Got Her Dream: Kids Playing Outside without Her Having to Hover!

 It can be painful to think about the freedom we had — the bike riding, the kicking around, the going to get candy — that many of our kids don’t. Here’s one story of how to get it back.

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7 Responses to THIS Mom Got Her Dream: Kids Playing Outside without Her Having to Hover!

  1. Kenny Felder October 12, 2017 at 1:37 pm #

    Faaaaantastic! It’s rare and wonderful–and important!–to get good news as well as bad news in this space. Kudos to all of you!

  2. Mindy Stricke October 12, 2017 at 2:02 pm #

    Thanks! I can’t tell you how much it’s helped to make this group happen. I really recommend parents starting one wherever they live.

    Also, here’s the link to our Facebook group if anyone wants to keep up with how it’s going so far: https://www.facebook.com/groups/svfreeplay/

  3. Vicki October 12, 2017 at 2:03 pm #

    What a great idea! It must be a load off these parents’ minds that they don’t have to be constantly looking over their shoulders for busybodies, the police or CAS (Children’s Aid Society). I love the sense of community it instills, and the fact that it involves everybody being outside. I wish this organization had existed in the city I live in when my kids were little – not so much because I was concerned about busybodies but more so because there were hardly ever any other kids for them to play with.

  4. AmyP October 12, 2017 at 4:24 pm #

    The other kids aspect is appealing, yes. I see on here stories about CPS, but honestly I’ve never been bothered by anybody. I actually left my youngest in the car a lot (for a few minutes) too and then later found out it was against state law but even then nobody said anything. My kids run all over and nobody says anything. But there aren’t any kids to play with so maybe I could try something like this.

  5. Miriam Drukker October 12, 2017 at 7:11 pm #

    I asked to join! 🙂 Hope you’re not too far from me… What a wonderful initiative! I tried to join the FreeRangeApp, but didn’t find anyone close by, so that didn’t help…

    My daughter does play with the kids in the neighbourhood unsupervised, and we have mutual friends that we get together where the kids just play while the parents chat, but always good to have more opportunities!

  6. Miriam Drukker October 12, 2017 at 7:17 pm #

    I left my daughter once (she was 5, and she knew how to get out of the car) and I didn’t know back then it was illegal. She told me when I was back that someone asked her if she was OK, and she told him (or her) she was. I was happy to see that people cared to ask, but didn’t make a big deal when they clearly saw that she was alright. I won’t do it anymore, as I know it’s illegal, but I think the culture of judging and blaming is not as bad in Canada as it is in the States…

  7. Jess October 13, 2017 at 10:49 am #

    This is so nice to see!!…relatively close to me. Thanks for sharing! I may need to start a group like this in my neighbourhood…

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