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Would you let your kids play in the front yard if its enclosed?


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#1 paula1

Posted 14 November 2012 - 11:20 AM

I'll be looking at a house today that's for sale that has a lovely big front yard and a courtyard out the back.

The front yard is enclosed with a fence and a gate and it's not on a main road.
My mother thinks kids should never play out the front as they could get snatched by strangers!!
I would prefer a larger back yard but I'm guided by my budget.

Wdyt?

Edited by paula1, 14 November 2012 - 11:22 AM.


#2 Mocha Coffee

Posted 14 November 2012 - 11:22 AM

Of course!  If they are tiny then supervise, but my children have played out the front (no fence) since they were kinder age.  They know the rules and boundaries.  Now that they are 7 and 9 they will ride their bikes or scooters out the front too.

Edited by Mocha Coffee, 14 November 2012 - 11:22 AM.


#3 paula1

Posted 14 November 2012 - 11:24 AM

By the way, they're 6 and 8.

#4 ~She~

Posted 14 November 2012 - 11:25 AM

Wouldn't bother me. Depending on their ages, kids need supervision in the back yard just as much as they would the front anyway. As long as there is a fence I would be fine with it.

Our backyard isn't small, but the front yard has a large dual, semi-circle driveway so the kids are always riding their bikes out the front.

#5 ComradeBob

Posted 14 November 2012 - 11:26 AM

It really wouldn't bother me, especially since at that age, they're much more likely to be aware of stranger danger not to mention the fairly small risk that someone *could* snatch them at that age!

#6 vintage.blue

Posted 14 November 2012 - 11:26 AM

Our front yard is bigger than our back yard. Our front yard is fully fenced too with a locked gate. Our boys play out there all the time - they are 3 & 5. We aren't on a road though, our house is behind other houses so it's kinda like a back yard anyway I guess??

I would use the front yard if I were you as long as it's all fenced and safe original.gif

#7 paula1

Posted 14 November 2012 - 11:29 AM

Thanks guys, it's not a high fence just a normal fence with a gate.

Also they will grow and won't always be 6 & 8!

#8 EsmeLennox

Posted 14 November 2012 - 11:34 AM

Of course it will be fine. I let my 5, 7 and 10 year old play on our driveway.

#9 LambChop

Posted 14 November 2012 - 11:46 AM

You have more chance of winning the lottery than you do of having kids snatched by a stranger...

Anyhoo, mine are 9.5 and nearly 11, they've been going to the playground 2 houeses up by themselves for 18 months, front yard play completely fine.

On the other hand, I personally much prefer my alfresco/bbq area out the back rather than front!

#10 SeaPrincess

Posted 14 November 2012 - 11:57 AM

We're currently renting a front house with fenced front yard and my children do play out there.  I'm usually not far away and I can see them from my room if I'm folding clothes or something.  I suspect that they talk to people over the fence from the trampoline, but we have 2 gates and I keep the one closest to the road locked.

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#11 Julie3Girls

Posted 14 November 2012 - 12:20 PM

Wouldn't bother me at all. My girls are all over our yard - front and back. And the next door neighbours yard (with their blessing!) ... and the house 4 doors up the street ...

The only thing that would bother me with that setup is that if I was eating outside, for a BBQ or something, i'd prefer to be out the back, and I'd prefer the kids to be playing out there.

#12 sophiasmum

Posted 14 November 2012 - 12:38 PM

Yes

#13 Zesty

Posted 14 November 2012 - 12:45 PM

No issues at all, especially those ages. I had a huge front yard with no fencing whatsoever and my kids played well at the same age. Of course it goes on many factors like area, maturity of kids etc..

#14 *LucyE*

Posted 14 November 2012 - 01:26 PM

I see no problem with it.

Our 'backyard' is big and long (acerage), so I've always set up our front yard as the young child's play area.  They are more closely supervised by me in the front yard than the back.  I have some plastic play equipment in the front yard (toddler slide, cubby house and table&bench set) so that's where the kids go to use play dough, painting, sticky craft type stuff.  

DH did grumble initially about it looking bogan but I don't care.  We have a big jacaranda tree and an area of lawn the size of most people's backyards.  Our kids are happy, I am happy and I think it is a pleasant scene if anyone was driving past.  TBH though, I don't really give a rats what others may think.

I have been planting to try and create more privacy though.  I've got some Chinese star jasmine climbing on the boundary fence and various shrubs and small trees as well.  Eventually it will be a very quiet and sheltered little haven.

#15 Kwyjibo

Posted 14 November 2012 - 01:37 PM

Sure. Can't see a problem with that.

A house on the way to school has recently put in a swimming pool in their front garden.

#16 FeralLIfeHacker

Posted 14 November 2012 - 01:40 PM

My kids prefer to play in our front yard.  It's nicer!  We have a huge gate and fence so it's not a problem.
eta the kids are getting a tramp for xmas and it's going in the front yard.

Edited by Mummyone1, 14 November 2012 - 01:41 PM.


#17 Dionysus

Posted 14 November 2012 - 01:48 PM

we have a decent size back yard, which is kind of bush like - lots of trees/bushes etc, so very little lawn grows, but there is lots of climbing, hiding, dangerous, cool stuff to do.

To play on actual lawn though - like with a sprinkler or pool or to play ball - our front yard is much nicer.  Not fenced, and DD is only 3.5 years old so far, but we are on a cul-de-sac, so I would see her playing out the front quite nicely by the time she is 8 or so.

My SIL would say no way, absolutely not!

In your situation, I would't hesitate to let the kids play out the front.

#18 MrsLexiK

Posted 14 November 2012 - 01:55 PM

I don't think there is an issue with this, but I wouldn't buy the house as we eat outside a lot in the summer and springtime and if there was only a courtyard this wouldn't work.

#19 Tigerdog

Posted 14 November 2012 - 02:04 PM

QUOTE (vintage.blue @ 14/11/2012, 12:26 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Our front yard is bigger than our back yard. Our front yard is fully fenced too with a locked gate. Our boys play out there all the time - they are 3 & 5. We aren't on a road though, our house is behind other houses so it's kinda like a back yard anyway I guess??

I would use the front yard if I were you as long as it's all fenced and safe original.gif


Exactly me too, we're on a battleaxe with a huge paved and concreted area at the front, perfect for kids to ride bikes up and down or cars to park when visiting.

#20 KatakaGeoGirl

Posted 14 November 2012 - 02:07 PM

Mine are 6 and 8 and play in the back yard, front yard, road and all the other neighbours nature strips with all the other kids who are the same age, on the street. I wouldn't take issue at all.

#21 Kafkaesque

Posted 14 November 2012 - 02:12 PM

Yep. I do. We have rear courtyard with grass out the front.

#22 *LucyE*

Posted 14 November 2012 - 03:15 PM

Thinking about it further, is the garage/driveway within the fenced frontyard?  I just like driveways to be separate from children's play areas to minimize the chances of accidents.

#23 JustMum08

Posted 14 November 2012 - 03:23 PM

My nearly 5 year old is always out the front!
He loves it. There is  a hill leading up to the actual front gate/fence and he always stays down the bottom. Even if he goes up top I can see everything from the lounge room and constantly out there checking on him original.gif


#24 ~ky~

Posted 14 November 2012 - 08:41 PM

When we buy/build one of the first things we plan to do is fence the front yard so we have extra play space. Hopefully there will be enough room for the trampoline. We will enclose all but the driveway and have a latch similar to those on pool gates and a self closing hinge.

It's just wasted space, otherwise.

#25 mumof3kidlets

Posted 19 November 2012 - 10:16 PM

Yep I do.




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