to think 10 year olds could play with other kids in the school hols, without a military plan
Wotzsaname · 10/04/2007 20:25
and without having to look at everyones diary and plan days in advance, then text and email!
I know we have busy lives, but what happend to the days when you could just knock on your mates door and ask if they could play?
fireflyfairy2 · 10/04/2007 20:34
When we were little we went out the back door in the morning with a jam sandwich & a bottle of diluted juice in our bag & mam never saw us again until dinner time!!!!
I miss those days
We used to knock the doors of our friends, their mam would answer
"Is Mary coming out to play?"
Out Mary would run, with her sandwich & a bag of crisps or something.. lovely picnics of warm jam & cheese sandwichs.. we were never sick in those days either..
Tinker · 10/04/2007 20:48
That's what it was like in the last house. Sadly, bereft of kids same age here but, in theory, would still be doing that. Am amazed on mn at how many people don't seem to let their kids play out though. How do you keep thme in and what do you do all day? That's to no-one in particular btw.
Wotzsaname · 10/04/2007 20:51
Surfermum if you have children of a similar age as neighbours its great. We did until about 3 years ago and the kids really missed them. We had a gap at the end of the fence and the used to go through to play all the time.
All others are old or with no children. Next door the lady is due in June and I have metioned that my dds will want to coo and fuss over new baby.
Londonmamma · 10/04/2007 20:51
Spent many years going out with them myself, have just got to the stage where they can play football on a patch of green near the house. Absolute bliss (though I'm not 100% relaxed about it). One friend who comes knocking - I love that as I really feel that's what today's kids miss out on - the ability to manage their own social lives.
fireflyfairy2 · 10/04/2007 20:52
I live on a farm in rural countryside. A far cry from the housing estate I grew up on.
My kids are 5 & 2.
DD has friends over from time to time as I am aware that she is bound to be lonely. I had 7 siblings so we made fun for eachother.
My sisters were 9 & 10 years older than me so they looked after me. We used to have a park beside our house, we played games for hours at night & mam just had to look out the window. There were always enough of us for a decent game of rounders, 4 a-side football etc..
To combat boredom in dd & ds here, I have a slide & swing set, a tent that stays outside, a playhouse, a trampoline, a see-saw.....numerous baby lambs being born at the minute that ds is mesmorised by! They have toy tractors each, & dd has a bike. But truth be told, i'd swap it all tomorrow to give them 6 months of living somewhere like I did, & having all those friends on my doorstep.
Surfermum · 10/04/2007 21:00
We did too, I was always out playing with someone, on my bike, on my roller skates, in someone's garden. I remember playing George and the Dragon and being tied to the boy next door's washing line .
When we first moved here there were no children other than the boy next door, but since dd was born there have been 3 or 4 other families moved in. It's lovely to see them all out playing football or man hunt.
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