The warmer weather means outdoor playtime has officially begun. And while children are obviously thrilled, some adults are already covering their ears and saying “enough.”
Coquitlam, B.C. mom Jana D’Addabbo recently received a warning from her city for violating a noise bylaw. The source of the supposed sound was her three children–one six-year-old boy and two eight-year-old twin girls–frolicking and having a great time on her front yard.
“I want them outside. Getting fresh air, enjoying the sunshine,” D’Addabbo said. “What’s next, they’re going to play outside and I’m going to get a ticket this time?”
While D’Addabbo says her kids are just being kids, the city says the family and its activities have been an ongoing issue.
“We’ve worked with this particular household for four years and it’s been a real challenge,” Coquitlam Mayor Richard Stewart said.
Either way, they aren’t the only family that’s run into trouble over kids playing outside.
An Ottawa neighbourhood is currently debating whether or not children should be allowed to play on the streets at all. The debate began when neighbourhood resident Lisa O’Kane placed a small sign in the middle of a road warning drivers to slow down in the area where kids play road hockey (it was positioned to not impede traffic).
While well-intentioned, another local resident later uploaded a picture of the sign to Facebook where he said it gives kids the wrong idea:
“It gives the kids the idea that it’s OK (to play in the street), and it’s not,” Bill Theriault wrote. The reaction on social media was swift, and people have been debating ever since.
So what do you think?