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bleedingheart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-05 04:11 PM
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Poll question: Should a 5 year old boy walk around a neighborhood by himself?
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I just spotted the neighbor's kid walking down the street, looking for his brother.

This boy is big for 5 (he is tall) and he is a bit rough around the edges...

I asked him what he was doing and he told me.."looking for my brother". I told him that he should go home now because people are coming home from work and the road would be getting more busy. He said..."No..I am looking for my brother".

This is a common occurrence for this family. This kid is too big for me to lift up and take home...and since this happens all the time when I am at work and not able to see what is going on ...I am a bit flummoxed as to what to do.

The parents are goofy...and if I go up there and tell them.."get your kid back home he is only 5 and shouldn't be wandering about!!!!!"...I am sure I will get an earfull from them..

Poll result (64 votes)
Yes (5 votes, 8%)Vote
No (59 votes, 92%)Vote

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  -Should a 5 year old boy walk around a neighborhood by himself? bleedingheart  Apr-04-05 04:11 PM   #0 
  - NO. EFFING. WAY.  fob   Apr-04-05 04:12 PM   #1 
  - Meh, I used to walk around my neighborhood in Berlin when I was 5...  BBradley   Apr-04-05 04:12 PM   #2 
  - I did too.  LoZoccolo   Apr-04-05 04:21 PM   #13 
  - I would call the police  flamingyouth   Apr-04-05 04:12 PM   #3 
  - only if he's not a cat  Cocoa   Apr-04-05 04:12 PM   #4 
  - It's good of you to at least keep an eye on him  Debi   Apr-04-05 04:13 PM   #5 
  - I frustrates me...  bleedingheart   Apr-04-05 04:15 PM   #6 
  - It takes a village  LuminousX   Apr-04-05 04:16 PM   #7 
  - Depends on where you live.  Xithras   Apr-04-05 04:16 PM   #8 
  - Uh, nope. I'd say call social services  missb   Apr-04-05 04:17 PM   #9 
  - i can tell you right now that the parents don't care...  bleedingheart   Apr-04-05 04:18 PM   #11 
     - Eeks. I'd call, then.  missb   Apr-04-05 04:24 PM   #16 
     - I called, there are no rules in our county ...  bleedingheart   Apr-04-05 04:32 PM   #25 
        - If they aren't responsive, how about the sheriff's dept?  missb   Apr-04-05 04:33 PM   #28 
           - I am going to keep an eye on him for now and then jot it down on  bleedingheart   Apr-04-05 04:37 PM   #33 
     - I usually would not suggest this  MollyStark   Apr-04-05 04:32 PM   #26 
        - I called for info and for now I am not reporting it  bleedingheart   Apr-04-05 04:34 PM   #30 
  - And how old is the brother?  mcscajun   Apr-04-05 04:18 PM   #10 
  - 8  bleedingheart   Apr-04-05 04:19 PM   #12 
  - My neighbor kids who is all of 4 1/2 is out in the neighborhood  chimpsrsmarter   Apr-04-05 04:22 PM   #14 
  - This is a large development with mostly retirees and people  bleedingheart   Apr-04-05 04:25 PM   #18 
  - My daughter is 4-1/2.  wildeyed   Apr-04-05 05:47 PM   #49 
  - People are clueless  madaboutharry   Apr-04-05 04:23 PM   #15 
  - So at what age should children be allowed outside then?  BBradley   Apr-04-05 04:25 PM   #17 
  - good what age unsupervised is my concern?  bleedingheart   Apr-04-05 04:26 PM   #19 
  - Allowed outside? Or allowed to roam the neighborhood unsupervised?  Lex   Apr-04-05 04:26 PM   #20 
  - I'm not trying to be argumentative.  BBradley   Apr-04-05 04:28 PM   #23 
     - I guess the short answer would be  redqueen   Apr-04-05 04:34 PM   #29 
  - There is such a difference between being allowed outside  missb   Apr-04-05 04:27 PM   #21 
  - Kids are out running around in my neighborhood all the time.  crispini   Apr-04-05 04:28 PM   #22 
  - Depends on the neighborhood?  fishwax   Apr-04-05 04:29 PM   #24 
  - At that age, I had the run of the sidewalk on my side of the street  ContraBass Black   Apr-04-05 04:33 PM   #27 
  - I recall at that age I was limited to within one house away to visit  bleedingheart   Apr-04-05 04:36 PM   #31 
  - hmmm  tigereye   Apr-04-05 04:42 PM   #34 
  - Just tell them this story:  Bouncy Ball   Apr-04-05 04:36 PM   #32 
  - My son is ten and I prefer that he walk with a friend  marzipanni   Apr-04-05 05:03 PM   #40 
  - I think I would have called the cops to take him home.  Jilly Beans   Apr-04-05 04:43 PM   #35 
  - I used to walk alone when I was five around the neighborhood  Rabrrrrrr   Apr-04-05 04:52 PM   #36 
  - Did you chew the lead paint off your crib too?  missb   Apr-04-05 04:58 PM   #38 
     - Ha! My PACIFIER was made of lead!  Rabrrrrrr   Apr-04-05 05:12 PM   #42 
        - I bet you sucked the mercury out of the thermometers too!  bleedingheart   Apr-04-05 05:15 PM   #43 
           - I did! My mom used to get really angry with me for that.  Rabrrrrrr   Apr-04-05 05:22 PM   #45 
  - depends on the neighborhood  liontamer   Apr-04-05 04:57 PM   #37 
  - Not only 'no', but 'Hell no'!  Cuban_Liberal   Apr-04-05 04:58 PM   #39 
  - not sure what they are thinking..  bleedingheart   Apr-04-05 05:05 PM   #41 
  - Generally speaking no  Ellen Forradalom   Apr-04-05 05:18 PM   #44 
  - Kinda depends on the neighborhood...  4_Legs_Good   Apr-04-05 05:27 PM   #46 
  - Not in this day and age. n/t  48pan   Apr-04-05 05:32 PM   #47 
  - I lived in s. florida for a couple of years  Maine-ah   Apr-04-05 05:35 PM   #48 
  - I live in a very tight nosy I know my neighbors know when I take  purr   Apr-04-05 05:57 PM   #50 
     - oh , geez man  Maine-ah   Apr-04-05 06:02 PM   #52 
  - dang, this breaks my heart  fluffernutter   Apr-04-05 05:58 PM   #51 
  - If this happens on a regular basis  Pithlet   Apr-04-05 10:17 PM   #53 
  - No way in hell  libhill   Apr-04-05 10:51 PM   #54 

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