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in letting my children draw with chalk on the pavement outside our house?

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elegangle Fri 02-Sep-11 17:09:17

I've just had a mouthful of abuse form a couple of neighbours regarding our 2 children (7 & 5) drawing pictures with lumps of chalk found in the garden. We've let them draw on the driveway which leads up to the house but is not technically part of our property and a lady accross the road has asked them to come over and draw on the pavement that runs alongside her fence. Personally I don't understand the 'upset' that this is causing, they are pictures of animals, cars, planes etc. They have not written FUCK OFF or anything offensive but seemingly we are causing offense by allowing this. We live in a cul-de-sac of mixed council and ex-council houses.
So, AIBU in letting our kids have a bit of fun drawing pictures that'll be washed away in the next rainfall or should I stop them?

TheMonster Fri 02-Sep-11 17:10:37

Does the lady over the road want them to draw alongside her fence so she can't see it?
I don't think YABU at all. It'll wash away with the rain.

ragged Fri 02-Sep-11 17:11:18

yanbu, but be prepared for controversy! Some Mners will compare it to urinating in public or vandalism of the highest order.

southeastastra Fri 02-Sep-11 17:12:05

of course they can play, some people forget they once probably did the same.

southeastastra Fri 02-Sep-11 17:12:34

really ragged? i would be surprised if any mnetters woudl object to this

OpinionatedMum Fri 02-Sep-11 17:12:35

YANBU. it was inoffensive and temporary. Can't see the problem.

MrsDBouquetVAMOSRAFA Fri 02-Sep-11 17:13:37


Although, if they were really petty, they might complain and then a jobsworth from the council might get in touch about the 'graffiti'.

I saw something on the news about a lady who was cross as her neighbourhood was littered with dog poo. She went round clearing it up and chalking little flowers to let people know what she had done, I suppose in an effort to shame them into clearing up their dogs mess. She had a visit from the council who asked her to stop graffiting the pavements.

The world has indeed gone mad.

tummytickler Fri 02-Sep-11 17:13:50

YANBU at all! What a bunch of miserable sods complaining about a few chalk pictures on a pavement! Mine do it all the time and if some one went to the trouble to complain I would be very hmm

nickelbabe Fri 02-Sep-11 17:13:52

unless the chalk they've found is not actually chalk but some weird plastic paint, it will wash away next time it rains.

have the neighbours never done this? confused

AgentZigzag Fri 02-Sep-11 17:14:07

Drawing on the pavement with chalk on a par with vandalism ragged??

Hahahaha grin

Honestly, some people grin

MadamDeathstare Fri 02-Sep-11 17:14:19

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SquishyCinnamonSwirls Fri 02-Sep-11 17:14:24

YANBU at all.
Let them play and ignore the miserable gits.

Hassled Fri 02-Sep-11 17:14:45

Kids on our road do this and I think it's lovely. I like trying to work out WTF it was that they meant to draw - you know that age when a child's drawing is just baffling until they explain that obviously it's a whale eating an apple?
I doubt there's a law against it - you just need to weigh up whether or not it's worth making enemies of your neighbours over this.

ViviPru Fri 02-Sep-11 17:15:23

VIVID memory = when I was 6, my best friend and I drew chalk all over her parents patio without permission. Her Dad came home and this usually mild-mannered man went absolutely ballistic, face puce, bawling all manner of expletives at the top of his voice then disappeared inside, reappearing with her ELC blackboard and smashed it over his knee. He then went for a lie down.

Chalking really can produce the most absurd reaction - FACT.

Catsmamma Fri 02-Sep-11 17:16:00

my mum would never let me chalk on the pavement. <deprived child>

and I don't think I'd let mine either! ....I would let them do it in our yard, but they are all too old now really.

MadamDeathstare Fri 02-Sep-11 17:16:20

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Psammead Fri 02-Sep-11 17:16:42

Beyond petty.


AgentZigzag Fri 02-Sep-11 17:17:12

[shoc] at your friends dad vivi, disgusting lack of control.

MugglesandLuna Fri 02-Sep-11 17:17:32

YANBU - my kids do it all the time.

Psammead Fri 02-Sep-11 17:17:33

They are probably the same type to moan that kids never are allowed to play outside these days, too.


MadamDeathstare Fri 02-Sep-11 17:17:42

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usualsuspect Fri 02-Sep-11 17:18:35


ignore the miserable buggers

AgentZigzag Fri 02-Sep-11 17:18:56

I didn't mean I thought ragged believed that MadamD smile

OnlyWantsOne Fri 02-Sep-11 17:19:36

some one has drawn all over the pavement outside mine, DD and I followed the pitures all the way down the road, they're really cool.


bibbitybobbityhat Fri 02-Sep-11 17:20:15

Am really intrigued at the thought of Mumsnetters disapproving of chalking on pavements. Am tempted to search for old threads!

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