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Old 07-24-2011, 12:40 PM
Location: Myrtle Beach
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Absolutely amazing reading through this thread. Shocked there are so many people scared of letting their kids out and about. 5 is too young to be running around the neighborhood out of sight. As long as you could see your 5 year old from your doorstep and he/she can hear you I think that is fine.

I am looking forward to moving into our new house. My oldest who is 9 will be able to travel through the neighborhood (there will be street boundaries) as long as she is with at least one other friend. She will have to tell me where she is going and what they are doing. Is she going to end up lying to me, probably. Will she get into mischief, probably. If another adult informs me that my daughter did something wrong I will believe the adult and my daughter will suffer consequences.

I believe in allowing your kids to ROAM your street. Meaning, play on your street (not in it) and what not. TRAVELING THROUGH your neighborhood should be completely acceptable as long as they are with at least one other friend and are headed to a destination (friend's house, park, rec center, etc) that you are informed on. If after they get to their destination and going to go somewhere else, a simple phone call works.

Free Range Kids....
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Old 07-24-2011, 07:29 PM
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I'm fairly new to the area but I've always thought it would be nice to grow up near the water... I especially like Dunedin and Tarpon Springs just from my impressions visiting a few times. One thing about that area that may be nice is the Pinellas Trail, a paved trail which I think was an old train track, but goes for miles up and down Pinellas County... might be too much territory for a younger child but he or she might appreciate it when they're a little older. I used to live near a trail like that and personally really miss it as an adult. However I think a trail like that would be great for a teenage kid to ride bikes on or a younger kid if they were with an adult. Other than that I've found Tampa not especially conducive to being outside as others have said. It is not pedestrian friendly at all and very hot. I also agree with whoever said older, more established neighborhoods in the city may be better than living out in the suburbs. It seems like you don't see kids playing outside in the suburbs as much, especially if there aren't parks or sidewalks in the area, but I may be wrong about that.

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Old 07-24-2011, 11:56 PM
Location: Jupiter, FL
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Originally Posted by Spooky08 View Post
58,000 kids per year go missing in this country according to The National Center of Missing and Exploited Children
That organization would have a certain interest in exaggerating this issue, no?

No doubt the vast majority of the "missing children" are actually teen runaways.
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Old 10-13-2011, 02:57 PM
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Been lurking for awhile as we are moving to Florida. Just couldn't help but comment...I have asked a couple of free ranged (not supervised) kids (10 &12 year olds) numerous times to get away from the highway at the bus stop..they very much enjoy walking on the white line during morning rush hour after walking to the bus stop alone. I am sure we all wish our children could live free ... but I will be walking up to meet my son at the bus stop so that when the free range children cause a horrific accident my son will hopefully be clear of it...or when they cause property damage that their parents are responsible for I will be able to know what my kid was doing...I am sure that all of the adults responsible for watching the kids hope that we all survive ...
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Old 10-14-2011, 07:34 AM
Location: Tampa, FL
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I still get a kick out of this thread...
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Old 10-14-2011, 07:06 PM
Location: Hernando County, FL
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Just remember, free range kids are only in season from the end of May until the end of August
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Old 10-15-2011, 06:48 AM
Location: 1988 yugo
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when i read this post the song "rawhide" keeps going thru my head
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Old 10-18-2011, 09:59 PM
Location: Sand Key, Clearwater ICW
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Originally Posted by Mike1306 View Post
Just remember, free range kids are only in season from the end of May until the end of August
I was thinking about eggs or chickens at the grocery store, free range are supposed to be the best! LOL
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