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Old 08-03-2010, 01:28 PM
 
Location: Up on the moon laughing down on you
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I never really understood why parents would never let their child's friends hang out at their home.
My Dad was like that. I would have to go out to play with friends. To this day I don't feel comfortable introducing my friends or partners to my dad. He always says I don't keep him in the loop, but after years of not being allowed, it is hard to switch
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Old 08-03-2010, 03:22 PM
 
Location: St Paul, MN - NJ's Gold Coast
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My Dad was like that. I would have to go out to play with friends. To this day I don't feel comfortable introducing my friends or partners to my dad. He always says I don't keep him in the loop, but after years of not being allowed, it is hard to switch
I had friends with the same types of parents, I barely ever met with the parents of life-long friends. My mom was open to everybody. My house was like "That 70s Show" in a way where everyone was always at my house.

This kind of freedom is not always good growing up either. I did terrible in high school, so maybe your dad had his reasons.
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Old 08-03-2010, 04:39 PM
 
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I would say Upstate New York is the best place to raise kids if you want them to enjoy a normal old-fashioned childhood, but you don't like snow. Too bad! Your loss...
I was going to say that, but the snow factor came into play. I will say that the Albany area gets around the same amount of snow as the Denver area on average.

Pretty much any metro in Upstate NY would work really.
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Old 08-03-2010, 04:45 PM
 
Location: Detroit's Marina District
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Try Ann Arbor, Michigan. A good, wholesome college town with strong values. You can find some older, affordable housing stock if you search in the right places. Very family-friendly community, and you have a 30-45 minute commute to downtown Detroit.
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Old 08-03-2010, 04:47 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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I agree - I think it's a sign of the times too. Even some of my friends in the Midwest say that their kids don't have the same freedom we did. But, I'm sure there are some places out there where kids can roam their neighborhoods and ride bikes with their friends without parents having to chaperone. Thanks very much for the suggestions. I definitely want to check out Naperville, Bloomington and Denver suburbs.
Denver's suburbs would be a great option. Very family-friendly, wholesome, conservative sort of area. Kids really seem to thrive with the mountains, clean, safe neighborhoods, and comparatively decent schools. You should know, however, that if it's just a nice neighborhood where kids can ride bikes and enjoy their neighborhood there are literally thousands of communities like that across the country, many of them even in Southern California. And, on the flip side, you might live in Shangri La and there are still stories about sexual predators, kidnappings, etc. Salt Lake is one of the most family-friendly areas you'll find and yet Elizabeth Smart was kidnapped in her neat, safe cul-de-sac.
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Old 08-03-2010, 05:02 PM
 
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Try Ann Arbor, Michigan. A good, wholesome college town with strong values. You can find some older, affordable housing stock if you search in the right places. Very family-friendly community, and you have a 30-45 minute commute to downtown Detroit.
Same with East Lansing, except the commute to Detroit is about an hour.
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Old 08-03-2010, 05:43 PM
 
Location: Underneath the Pecan Tree
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We weren't allowed in those house for too long when I was young, because my mom wanted us to be active. She'd lock us outside and let us in after 6pm.
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Old 08-03-2010, 10:43 PM
 
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We weren't allowed in those house for too long when I was young, because my mom wanted us to be active. She'd lock us outside and let us in after 6pm.
I think now that would be considered child abuse unfortunately.
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Old 08-04-2010, 12:18 PM
 
Location: Underneath the Pecan Tree
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I think now that would be considered child abuse unfortunately.
We enjoyed it and didn't really need to go inside. If it got too hot, rainy, or cold; she would let us in and she didn't necessarily do it everyday. She did it whenever we were sitting around the house doing nothing.
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