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Old 05-10-2018, 01:06 PM   #16
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I wouldn't send a 1 year old to play in our backyard unsupervised. I can't in our new yard either though as it's a deck and then steps down to the yard. Mom said she never would have even looked at our house.

I was just curious about when it's normal to play and when kids stop. Our public schooled neighbors never play. That are too scheduled.
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Old 05-10-2018, 04:30 PM   #17
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Too old for backyard play? Well, I had high school juniors and seniors playing in our back yard several evenings this week.
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We had a fenced back yard and played outside with mom looking out the window starting around age 5 or so, but the kitchen window literally looked right into the backyard.

Too old? Never. DH and I still play catch or volleyball in the backyard.


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Default Re: At what age did your children start playing in backyard unsupervised?

I let my oldest play in our fenced backyard alone at 4. She still plays outside frequently at 11.
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Default Re: At what age did your children start playing in backyard unsupervised?

It has been around 2.5 here, I will let Isaac go out by himself for a bit. At 18months I was letting him be out there with older siblings while I ran inside to grab something. We have a 6foot secure fence around our yard though.
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Default Re: At what age did your children start playing in backyard unsupervised?

Outside time is actually in the list of chores/daily responsibilities. We do 30 minutes minimum and plan to do that for life


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We had a fenced back yard and played outside with mom looking out the window starting around age 5 or so, but the kitchen window literally looked right into the backyard.

Too old? Never. DH and I still play catch or volleyball in the backyard.


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Do you have your own fenced yard large enough to play volleyball in?

Or a common area with loads of grass?

We have trails about 10 houses from us that go for thirty miles. Along those trails are grassy fields(maintained, mowed) and playgrounds and soccer fields, and, and, and.

My husband and I have been together more than 15 years and we've pretty much never played in our backyards. We've done yard work in them. We've played with the kids in them (although, again, I prefer to be in the flat front yard with neighbors to watch and talk to). But we LOVE to go for walks and runs together on our amazing trails.

I don't know if that makes us unusual or what.

I really have no concept of how often teens play in their backyards as I was really too busy for that.
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Last year I let my three-year-old outside in the backyard with his six-year-old sister. Our yard is not fenced but we live on a very low traffic street. Still, they stayed in the backyard, and I stayed in the kitchen (at the back out the house) with the door open so I could hear them.
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Old 05-11-2018, 12:30 PM   #24
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I really have no concept of how often teens play in their backyards as I was really too busy for that.
My teens spend most of their outdoor time in the driveway shooting hoops.

Sometimes they'll play an impromptu game of baseball or kickball with the neighbourhood kids.

We live in the country so have a yard large enough to accommodate that.

The other thing they'll do outside is play random runaround games with the little siblings. And actually my 15 year old dd will swing on the swingset with her friends occassionally. We have a really nice industrial strength metal swing set that accommodates even adults at full swing! A friend gave it to us. It's the best thing ever.

But overall I would say that my teens aren't out in the yard a lot.... But it still happens.
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Do you have your own fenced yard large enough to play volleyball in?

Or a common area with loads of grass?

We have trails about 10 houses from us that go for thirty miles. Along those trails are grassy fields(maintained, mowed) and playgrounds and soccer fields, and, and, and.

My husband and I have been together more than 15 years and we've pretty much never played in our backyards. We've done yard work in them. We've played with the kids in them (although, again, I prefer to be in the flat front yard with neighbors to watch and talk to). But we LOVE to go for walks and runs together on our amazing trails.

I don't know if that makes us unusual or what.

I really have no concept of how often teens play in their backyards as I was really too busy for that.


We just “pepper” (hit the ball back and forth) with each other in our very small space. Teens seem to shoot hoops a lot in my neighborhood or play catch.


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My son is 12.5. He does archery outside. He asked about doing it inside, but I said no.
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It's really nice that you have a small yard for KO to play in!

We have a community basketball hoop in our cul de sac. We're at the back of the cul de sac too. Everyone plays catch in the big circle in the middle.

The right buyer will come along. I think our market has shifted to 50/50. It's not a seller's market in our town. The prices have gotten to expensive. But we'd take less! Make an offer!

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My son is 12.5. He does archery outside. He asked about doing it inside, but I said no.
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Depending on the child 3-5yo but our yard is small and i can see all of it but on little corner from just about anywhere in our first floor.

Mine are 12-16 and still play outside, front, back, Park. Currently our backyard is more hangout than play but if it’s nice at least o e of my kids is out there with a book or setting up a game if wahsers.
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My oldest was....six. Because that’s when we had a backyard and not an apartment patio. She played on the patio in her water table and such around age 4. My boys were younger because of where we lived. My youngest is 4.5 and started around age 4 (when we put up a fence).
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What is the vibe in your neighborhood? Will a cranky neighbor call CPS on you?
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