I don’t see a lot of kids running around these days without shoes. Is this because of the dangers of syringes in parks sadly or are parents these days germ conscious.

Posted by mom241861, 10th September 2017

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  • Country girl living an urban life here lol but I grew up without shoes – nothing like prickled grass and gravel to toughen your feet up ???? my son almost 3 is the exact same! Hates shoes but I insist he wear them out to the park (needles, blue bottle jellyfish) little hippy he is haha.

  • At the beach I agree. The best place to walk barefoot!

  • My kids are mostly shoeless inside. in our yard they wear shoes (we have chooks and ducks).

  • Personally, fear of syringes/broken glass, sharp objects mean shoes on. However at the beach, sandpit etc, shoes definately off

  • There are places for no shoes and places for shoes. At home, at the beach , in the garden, at the river and other places – no shoes. Busy areas definitely shoes. Feet need air time and to dry and breathe too – so it really is just about balance.

  • I never put shoes on my grandaughters in the house in summer they play outside with no shoes. I think the old story is it toughens ones feet up.

  • I think it’s a combination of both the points you make. I remember being able to run around barefoot as a kid – in the garden, the park or down the beach – it certainly isn’t seen much nowadays. It is definitely a sad sign of the times!

  • I personally don’t like seeing kids running around without shoes. Unless they are in their own garden.

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