Originally Posted by mistymama
It is just way too hot to send my child out to play .. that, and he's only 4.5 so he's way too young.
It's really too hot to go to parks for any period of time, so we like to go to the local water park. I bought a season pass and my son has a blast playing with the other kids, while staying cool.
I played some outside while growing up, but I also spent plenty of time indoors reading, playing with friends, etc. I just don't see the big deal about inside time. My son and I spend many afternoons planting, painting, reading .. all indoors. Heck, I don't think there are any kids home in the afternoons where we live anyway, nearly everyone here works full time.
Anyway, we much prefer to be indoors, or at the water park for hours on end when it's this hot and I don't really see the big deal.
5:00-6:30 I am leaving work, fighting rush hour traffic and walking in the door at 6:30pm. I am then trying to answer the question "What's for dinner"
5:00-6:30 DH (WAHD and takes care of DS during the day ) can be anywhere in the city (with DS) coming home from meeting a client. Sometimes, he is picking me up from work during this time and since we have both been working all day we are scrounging trying to get DS fed. Even if it means going out to dinner as a family.
DH and I are both full time working parents and those are hideous hours for us.
I'm in GA too, but you have to be realistic, we are experiencing 95+ degree weather here. That's too hot. We took DS to the playground one day last week and not 15 minutes later the sweat was poring down our face and his breathing turned shallow. We could not sustain the heat.
DH and I packed him up and left. It was simply too hot. When it gets cooler we will start back spending more time outside. But supervised.
DS is too young to play alone outside unsupervised.
Further, I PREFER to see Parents who are supervising their older kids (Ages 9 and up).
As for "Where are the Kids??" Well, that's a loaded
question if you ask me...this is summer time and most kids I know are in Summer Camps or their Local YMCA.
I have tons of neices and nephews and I can tell you that's exactly where they are. I would think that being in Summer Camp allows them outside play as well.
And here in GA, we are extremely fortunate to have LOTS of cool indoor places where the Kids are protected from brutal 95+ degree weather:
The GA Aquarium
Are just to name a few.
Six Flags over GA is offering season passes, White Water, American Adventures, Dixieland Fun Park------->Maybe some kids are at these fun exciting places!