We just moved to a new neighborhood this month. It's been wonderful for my DD, for the first time we live somewhere where there are other children her age that are allowed to play outside!
DD has a scooter that she has been enjoying on the side walks up and down the street. When she is alone, she enjoys riding it down the "hills" that the driveways make between the sidewalk and the street. She is almost 8 years old. She has had a few years experience with riding her scooter on sidewalks and crossing streets. Our street is not that busy and is long, flat, and straight, with lots of visibility.
Just to be clear, DD is not mowing down pedestrians with her riding. I don't think I've ever seen anyone but the mailman walking up and down the sidewalks.
There is an elderly woman that lives 2 houses down, across the street that has been yelling out of her window to DD to stay out of the street. Basically every time DD is outside riding she gets yelled at. She peeks out of her blinds, then opens a window and yells out. I've never seen this woman outside.
I was not aware of this until 2 days ago, when DD came running in the house, terrified, because the woman was coming over to talk to us. DD thought she was in a lot of trouble, but after questioning her on what had been going on I assured her she did nothing wrong and to calm down.
DH and I met the woman half way between our houses. We introduced ourselves and the woman immediately began chastising us and lecturing us about the dangers of children and streets, and did we know DD was across the street, did we know she could get hit by a car, we shouldn't let her cross the street, yadda, yadda, yadda. DH thanked her for her concern, assured her we were aware of the situation, and left it at that. I was a little miffed at him for not setting a clear boundary for her that this is our child, she is allowed to cross the street, please stop yelling at her and threatening her. DH did not want to tick her off since we are new to the neighborhood.
I am not OK with this. DH seems to feel like we we should not make waves.
I've asked DD to not use this woman's driveway, not to cross the street in front of her house, but told her it was OK to ride past her house. The yelling has continued.
All the other kids don't cross the street with their bikes and scooters at all because of this woman and her yelling.
How would you handle this if it was your child and your neighborhood?