Think about your best memories from your own childhoods. Most parents would say at least half of them took place in their neighborhoods, or even their blocks.
What mattered to most of us kids were the kids who lived on our block, with the next-door neighbor kids often being the most important. Also, our favorite places were places like the street in front of our house, our friend’s back yard, the vacant lot down the street, or the playground and ball field a couple of blocks over.
I am so thankful for the neighborhood in which we live! There are children everywhere – including Fletcher and Lola Gray there are 13 children under the age of 10 on our block alone! Between weekly playgroups in the park at the end of the block, swinging on the neighbors super cool tree swing, and riding bikes and scooters up and down the street, we have no shortage of alternatives to the solitude of our backyard.