6 months ago on 05/02/2020 at 1:12 PM
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Is anyone else not letting their kids hang out with friends around Park Ridge? I am hoping I am not alone. Just not feeling comfortable in letting them get together yet? Thoughts?

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6 months ago on 05/02/2020 at 1:16 PM

Following. No i don’t either. But now of course I am hearing I am the only one.

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6 months ago on 05/02/2020 at 1:18 PM

Nope, no way

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6 months ago on 05/02/2020 at 1:19 PM

Mine only see their friends virtually. Somehow they are surviving. and survival is the goal!

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6 months ago on 05/02/2020 at 1:20 PM

I let my 17 yr old sit in chairs in the backyard while we are home. They are 6 ft apart. And don’t really move

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6 months ago on 05/02/2020 at 1:20 PM

So many video chat options. no reason to start yet. No way they would stay 6ft apart or wear a mask on their own.

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6 months ago on 05/02/2020 at 1:22 PM

Nope. My 16 yr-old asked to go to a friend's house last week, and I said absolutely not! They hang out online all day & night anyway.

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6 months ago on 05/02/2020 at 1:23 PM

I am not. Not worth the risk.

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6 months ago on 05/02/2020 at 1:24 PM

I'm not either and yes she thinks I'm the worst mom ever

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6 months ago on 05/02/2020 at 1:25 PM

We are not either, but seeing many pictures of kids together on social media.

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6 months ago on 05/02/2020 at 1:25 PM

I allow mine to ride bikes in our tiny neighborhood hood. But no “hanging out” or playing in yards, or houses - just bike rides

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6 months ago on 05/02/2020 at 1:27 PM

No other friends. Though you could arrange a drive by wave and get them out of the house for a bit just to change up their daily routine. You’ve come this far just hold on a bit longer. 🌸

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6 months ago on 05/02/2020 at 1:27 PM

No friends

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6 months ago on 05/02/2020 at 1:27 PM

I haven’t either. Mine are 15. They are sad, but they understand

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6 months ago on 05/02/2020 at 1:29 PM

My kids are all grown up now but if they were still young and with me I would say absolutely not. Too soon

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6 months ago on 05/02/2020 at 1:29 PM

Nope. No way. Virtually. We aren't supposed to be socializing.

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6 months ago on 05/02/2020 at 1:30 PM

You are definitely not alone. This is a relatively small sacrifice and it’s good for kids to realize that sometimes you just have to deal with situations that are disappointing.

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6 months ago on 05/02/2020 at 1:32 PM

My son sees most online but the boy upstairs from us quarantine in same building he has had play date with. We are in small condo complex though so only 3 families in our building.

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6 months ago on 05/02/2020 at 1:32 PM

Nor allowing, 17 and 9 year old

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6 months ago on 05/02/2020 at 1:33 PM

You are definitely not alone.

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6 months ago on 05/02/2020 at 1:36 PM

Not alone - she was really mad at me . but it will soon be over and they can always FaceTime!

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6 months ago on 05/02/2020 at 1:38 PM

NO! only letting my kids wave and smile at friends while we take FAMILY walks or bike rides! It’s so hard but it’s for the best!

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6 months ago on 05/02/2020 at 1:43 PM

No. Hard pass.

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6 months ago on 05/02/2020 at 1:46 PM

I’m pretty certain that their are parents that have no idea what their kids are doing. and the ones that allow it are not going to admit it on social media

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6 months ago on 05/02/2020 at 1:46 PM

I am not allowing my kids to and it’s so aggravating to see how many parents are allowing their kids to go to friends houses.

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6 months ago on 05/02/2020 at 1:46 PM

We are not letting them hang out and I wish more parents would enforce that. I’ve seen several terns from my daughters school that don’t live super near each other riding bikes around. I know riding bikes isn’t a real risky activity but given that they don’t live near each other, I find it hard to believe they aren’t hanging out as well.

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6 months ago on 05/02/2020 at 1:47 PM

Nope. Very unpopular, but it's what we signed up for.

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6 months ago on 05/02/2020 at 1:51 PM

Mine are 6 and 8 and we socially distance bike ride sometimes. but they have to have masks on. They are not allowed in friends homes etc

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6 months ago on 05/02/2020 at 1:51 PM

Mine are younger, 7&4 and they’re fine playing with each other or in the yard. No play dates, not even with family since 3/14. My stepdaughters are 15&16 and they have been abiding by shelter in place orders at their mom’s. Super proud of them cuz I know it’s not easy! And grateful to their mom for enforcing it ❤️

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6 months ago on 05/02/2020 at 1:52 PM

We allow social distancing between friends.

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6 months ago on 05/02/2020 at 1:53 PM

I’m enraged to see several groups of kids out playing together - not in masks. We have done porch play dates where they stay on the porch and we stay on the sidewalk, about 20 feet away.

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6 months ago on 05/02/2020 at 1:53 PM

You are not alone!

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6 months ago on 05/02/2020 at 1:54 PM

No I haven’t at all

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6 months ago on 05/02/2020 at 1:54 PM

You don’t know where the friends have been. I’m sure your children are not happy but it’s how it has to be. I have however been allowing extra screen time to contact friends or they can play over video games together

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6 months ago on 05/02/2020 at 2:01 PM

11 & 19 yo still living at home. They have only left the house with me or my husband for a walk (away from others). It was rough the first two weeks but they understand why it needs to be this way. Thank you to everyone who is keeping their kids in. It’s so much harder when they see other kids out together on social media. 😢

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6 months ago on 05/02/2020 at 2:02 PM

I’m not either and mine are 12 and 15. They both understand why.

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6 months ago on 05/02/2020 at 2:03 PM

Very proud of all those that say No! It's hard to say no--but it's harder to lose a loved on to this dreaded virus! Thankfully, my son is an adult, and gets it. If you need extra ammunition, have your teen go on the Cook County site and find their suburb on the map. It will show the count of REPORTED cases, and is updated daily. I am certain that as parents, this is an exhausting time. I'm praying for all of you for patience, grace and the creativity to keep your kids busy with projects and activities! Parenting ain't for cowards, huh?!

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6 months ago on 05/02/2020 at 2:04 PM

Nope, and they aren’t asking anymore. They get it.

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6 months ago on 05/02/2020 at 2:05 PM
6 months ago on 05/02/2020 at 2:05 PM

Mine are grown and on their own. My 28yo checks to make sure I’M staying home. My 30yo is a firefighter in Houston and must work with the public. Had they been little during something Iike this, you can be sure that they would still be at home!

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6 months ago on 05/02/2020 at 2:09 PM

If they have a mask and social distancing why not it’s the same as you going to a grocery store

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6 months ago on 05/02/2020 at 2:10 PM

Nope, it's really really hard - they miss their friends and we miss them with their friends! But I couldn't imagine if my son played with another kid, and then we found out later that my husband or I had it and had to call that child's parents to tell them their child was now at risk. not worth it.

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6 months ago on 05/02/2020 at 2:16 PM

They are home.

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6 months ago on 05/02/2020 at 2:20 PM

Inspiration.

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6 months ago on 05/02/2020 at 2:22 PM

You just can’t have hang outs. Unfortunately we have to act like we all “have it” and isolate.

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6 months ago on 05/02/2020 at 2:26 PM

You’re not alone. If they want to come sit on the lawn while my kids are on the porch, I allow that only.

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6 months ago on 05/02/2020 at 2:33 PM

My 18y/o and 15 y/o kids are rather introvert. Add to that, their adult brother works at a hospital, so they maybe appreciate stay at home a little more. Since 3/14 only my daughter has met friends at a parking lot 2 or 3 times, with mask on, and for an hour or so from inside her car.

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6 months ago on 05/02/2020 at 2:55 PM

No way. But I am doing big projects or homework all the time, so it hasn't been asked yet.

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6 months ago on 05/02/2020 at 3:13 PM

No - but have seen so many kids hanging around our area who are definitely not social distancing and are friends with my kids. It’s so hard. I keep going back and forth in my head, what can it hurt? Oh my gosh, we have this - We can keep this up until the end of May. And then back to - what’s one friend? Ugh. it’s a struggle here for sure.

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6 months ago on 05/02/2020 at 3:14 PM

Letting my 16 yr old boys golfing/ in groups of 2 . on course . and there outside . and stay 6 ft

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6 months ago on 05/02/2020 at 3:20 PM

No not letting my 12 16 or 18 year old. But yes I am hearing it every day that others are hanging out in their houses with many people. Stupid and not appropriate at this time

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6 months ago on 05/02/2020 at 3:25 PM

Nope, online hangouts only for the time being!

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6 months ago on 05/02/2020 at 3:29 PM

Nope. We aren’t. We are a corner house and we see lots of non-related kids hanging out and walking and biking past the yard. It makes it hard to explain to my kids that we aren’t going to take the same risks as these other families are.

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6 months ago on 05/02/2020 at 3:33 PM

My kids have been in; 21yrs, 24yrs, 26yrs old.

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6 months ago on 05/02/2020 at 3:45 PM

No my 17 year old is inside

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6 months ago on 05/02/2020 at 3:59 PM

25, 21, 19 all inside although they just put my 19 year old back to work so this now can be challenging

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6 months ago on 05/02/2020 at 4:07 PM

I’m immunocompromised so I’m the one everyone is always talking about in vague terms as the sacrificial lamb of who it would be infected. Also, I’m the one (of many) you should kindly wear a mask for while out. However, I haven’t been in public setting since March 14th because of this. Explaining that to an almost 8 year old is near impossible and frankly sucks the life out of me when he sees his friends together or can hear them laughing now that it is warmer and the windows are open. I’m also certain my husband would love to be out too. Really, who wouldn’t if we are being honest but we tend to believe in science. Mostly because it has kept me alive until this point. So we stay home. I’m not his friend I’m his mother. Keeping him in might just keep me alive and that alone I think is worth it in the end. ✌🏻

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6 months ago on 05/02/2020 at 4:10 PM

If their friends have been sheltering in place and I know the parents (who I trust and they are isolated) then I am allowing it. if everyone is essentially sheltered in then the risk is no more than that of my own family. no general socializing is allowed though.

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6 months ago on 05/02/2020 at 4:21 PM

My kids have not seen any of their friends other than waving from a distance since March 14. You are not alone. They have a much easier time of it when they don’t see groups of their friends hanging out at the school or walking past the house. That just makes it seem unfair. I hate it. Kids age 12 & 8

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6 months ago on 05/02/2020 at 4:54 PM

Big group of kids at the park right now. I don’t think they know what 6’ is.

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6 months ago on 05/02/2020 at 4:58 PM

Sounds like no ones letting their kids out so all the ones flooding the neighborhood must be from a different town😂

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6 months ago on 05/02/2020 at 5:05 PM

We may see some friends from a distance Stand across side walk for a short time and chat I get lots of foot traffic by us and it’s nice to say hi No touching Parents are present My kids are 4&7 We also take our lawn chairs and socially distance chat with my home bound mother in law who also has no internet or smart phone.

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6 months ago on 05/02/2020 at 5:05 PM

My neighbors have been hanging out on the front porch with 4-5 households mixing, kids wrestling on the lawn, for the last 3 weeks. I stay on my porch alone; I can’t agree with their choice. Do for yourself what you believe to be safe.

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6 months ago on 05/02/2020 at 5:09 PM

Hell no

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6 months ago on 05/02/2020 at 5:26 PM

Wait 2 weeks , watch the numbers

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6 months ago on 05/02/2020 at 5:45 PM

It’s going to implode!

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6 months ago on 05/02/2020 at 5:59 PM

We are not.

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6 months ago on 05/02/2020 at 6:02 PM

My kids have not left the house (except for a walk with us or to play outside by themselves in the backyard) since March 20.

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6 months ago on 05/02/2020 at 6:24 PM

I live by Centennial Park, and I have seen large groups of kids hanging out- some with masks, some without. I don't think they can all be siblings.

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6 months ago on 05/02/2020 at 6:43 PM

Mine are only 3 but no. not even hanging with relatives.

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6 months ago on 05/02/2020 at 6:57 PM

We are not also

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6 months ago on 05/02/2020 at 7:00 PM

Nope not even family members

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6 months ago on 05/02/2020 at 7:13 PM

No way! My daughter and I just took a walk by Carpenter. very disappointed to see the groups of teenagers 😡 my 7 year old was very angry with them. My sons best friend and brother stopped by and I let them talk in the driveway, 6+feet while I supervised to make sure they kept their distance. That’s the first time he physically has seen his friends since this started.

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6 months ago on 05/02/2020 at 7:35 PM

Having a self proclaimed socially awkward 17yr old introvert isn't such a bad thing during this stay at home ordeal but I know the itch will be coming once the malls start to open again 🤷‍♀️🤷‍♀️

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6 months ago on 05/02/2020 at 7:36 PM

Nope. Wave and smile. No hanging out, no sports, nope.

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6 months ago on 05/02/2020 at 7:45 PM

No but I see an awful lot of groups hanging out. Driving to pickup dinner the forest preserves were pretty busy and a group of about 25 cars and motorcycles celebrating May day.

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6 months ago on 05/02/2020 at 8:13 PM

Even worse, know of adults having friends and play dates for their kid like nothing. Is going on 🙄

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6 months ago on 05/02/2020 at 8:17 PM

No. No friends, no relatives, not even my stepson is allowed over. We've played basketball in the street with everyone having their own ball so that we can see our son. Imagine distancing from your own child. It's not fun. We would all love to be out, but know that's not a good idea. Stay safe and take care of each other

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6 months ago on 05/02/2020 at 8:39 PM

Nope. 18, 17 and 13 year olds only going out with us.

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6 months ago on 05/02/2020 at 10:38 PM

My kids are not hanging out but I see lots of kids that are 😡

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6 months ago on 05/02/2020 at 10:43 PM

We are not hanging out with anyone, no neighbors, no friends, no family members, just the pets and the birds in the back yard

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6 months ago on 05/02/2020 at 11:47 PM

Definitely not. Not even family who have been sheltering in place. They talk their friends virtually a lot, and that has been helpful.

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6 months ago on 05/02/2020 at 11:47 PM

My son has ridden his bike with a couple friends on the bike trail and around the neighborhood but they have been good about staying apart while doing it - the guy who hit my son on the bike trail however did not social distance - grrrrrr

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6 months ago on 05/03/2020 at 2:18 AM

You’re only young once. but you only die once as well. I want my kids to live to be old. That being said, no—my kids do not hang out with anyone other than the family in our house.

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6 months ago on 05/03/2020 at 6:53 AM

Keep your children home, if they get the virus, they go to the hospital alone, no visitors. your choice protect your your children

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6 months ago on 05/03/2020 at 7:58 AM

Absolutely not.

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6 months ago on 05/03/2020 at 8:50 AM

Yes outside playing football riding bikes, their mental health needs this - about an hour a day if it’s nice

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6 months ago on 05/03/2020 at 9:04 AM

Absolutely NOT! I see these groups of kids at the park, in parking lots etc., WHERE ARE THE PARENTS!?!? No masks and no social distancing! Cops should take them home and FINE the parents! 😡😡😡😡

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6 months ago on 05/03/2020 at 9:19 AM
6 months ago on 05/03/2020 at 1:04 PM

My daughter NEEDS to see people periodically. I let her do once a week in our back yard (weather permitting) with 2 or 3 friends. They sit 6 feet apart and chat. She's having lots of emotional issues lately, and this is good for her mental health.

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