|RE: INterior landscaping and kids||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Rob Sandelin (Floriferousmsn.com)|
|Date: Mon, 13 Jan 1997 07:53:41 -0600|
Marty asked about interior landscaping, and part of her question asked about whether its better to have kids play in front of your house. From watching our kids, all ages, from toddler to teen I would say, kids play where the action is at the time, and this is not relational to their house. So even if you make a space to play in front of a house, the kids may prefer the walkway because that's where the other kids are. Parents of toddlers tend to want their kids close by and this is not likely to happen without restraint. Toddlers seem to be especially attracted to the noise and activity of the bigger kids and simply wander over to where ever that is happening, sometimes to the consternation of the parents (and the bigger kids who now have to be more carefully not to run down the toddler). When you first get moved in, there will be this trial period where parents will be following their kids around, tracking where they are, when they come home, and the kids will be exploring and testing. After awhile the parents will get assured that, YES, this is a safe place, and stop following their kids around so much, and generally loosen up on giving kids freedom. I have watched this unfold several times, actually pretty much every time a new parent moves in here. At first they are aghast that the kids are so free, then after six months you ask them where their kids are and they give the classic answer: " Oh, around here someplace". (This is quite an amazing thing, actually) The kids tend to play EVERYWHERE and so if there are places you do NOT want them playing, then that's a good place to use landscaping to define a place. Keep in mind the issues of privacy and noise when you think about this. Kids are noisey and somewhat distant from adults privacy issues so keep in mind that some folks tolerate kids, some folks love kids and the ones that tolerate kids will have shorter fuses about noise and kid stuff. You might be able to use landscaping to mitagate some of this. Rob Sandelin Sharingwood
- (no other messages in thread)
Results generated by Tiger Technologies Web hosting using MHonArc.