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Old 06-03-2007, 09:49 PM
 
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I am a new homeschooling mom for my youngest and will possibly homeschool middle schooler come fall. We were "found" by CPS three times already. All were closed unfounded. I certainly do not intend to keep my girls trapped indoors all day and I sure do plan on taking both girls on "field trips".
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Old 06-03-2007, 10:01 PM
 
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My kids are 12 and almost 15 and are perfectly capable of playing outside unsupervised and have been for a number of years. We live/lived in neighborhoods with tons of kids and they are ALL out all day long playing.

I guess I should have posted that I was really thinking of the parents that let their kids who are under school age run around unsupervised for hours a day.

My husband once had a sister in law who birthed six kids and as soon as they could walk she would literally put them out the door and sit inside and watch soap operas all day.According to my mother in law she was also moderately retarded. She would beat the kids too. Finally my brother in law grew a brain and divorced her and got custody of all the kids.
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Old 06-03-2007, 10:18 PM
 
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I can't understand how we can live in a world where CPS can be called on parents for letting their kids get some (outdoor) physical activity at the same time that other parents have CPS involved because they don't make their kids have ANY physical activity. And thank goodness I don't live in one of those CPS-calling places- My kid is known to go outside with nothing on! Instead of a college fund, we are thinking it may be better to start saving for a condo at a nudist resort..
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Old 06-04-2007, 06:55 AM
 
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I can't understand how we can live in a world where CPS can be called on parents for letting their kids get some (outdoor) physical activity at the same time that other parents have CPS involved because they don't make their kids have ANY physical activity. And thank goodness I don't live in one of those CPS-calling places- My kid is known to go outside with nothing on!

I know what you mean. My middle daughter is twelve and she is quite tall for her age and is overweight. I was taking her to a childhood obesity clinic and she still gained weight. I think that the doctors there were ready to report us to CPS again so we never went back to that clinic. Here in Florida doctors can look to see if you have ever been reported for abuse.

I would love for my daughter to be more physically active, but I also think her genes have something to do with it. She is simply not interested in most outdoor activities and enjoys reading, drawing, TV ect.
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Old 06-04-2007, 08:47 AM
 
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Back in the day... the houses back then were a lot smaller than they were now, and people had larger families. We had 4 kids-family in a 1200 SF house. So guess what, if it was above 0 degrees out, we were outside!
And we had no air conditioning, so you didn't want to be inside the hot house in the summer. AND there was no cartoons on during the summer in the afternoon, just the soaps. And kids never wanted to watch those.
We mostly just got community pool passes and spent the afternoons there all summer long. Til we were old enough to get a job.
For the record, I let my kids play outside all the time, I am shoving them out the door when it is warm. They get too crazy indoors. I am lucky enough to live in a house that has lots of big windows so I can see front and backyard from most any room in the house.
Mostly their friends come over to our house to play.
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