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Jude, 22 months, and I often go on walks in our neighborhood. It's a quiet, nice area with mostly retired, older people or families with kids. Juju is a curious lil guy and wanders up onto front lawns and up driveways and things. I never let him go all the way up, like to the front door, but he's definitely on their private property. I'm very respectful and teach him to be as well: I make a point of not looking into windows, I don't allow Jude to tear leaves or flowers off of plants or even smack them to make them bounce. I only allow him to pick up and play with leaves and flowers that have fallen on the ground. I try to stay at least half the distance to the front of the house. But I still feel kind of weird about it. What do you think? Would you think it's weird or rude if you saw that on your front lawn. Mind you, none of the yards here are fenced. I'd never let him in a fenced yard, even if it wasn't completely closed off. So, should I continue or keep him on the sidewalk? No one has ever said anything but I don't think most people are home midday when we are out walking.

Eta: I'm not talking about cutting through yards. Just Jude wandering up to see some flowers or a fountain or a bug as we meander, with me right by his side making sure he doesn't wreck anything or get too close. I can't usually ask permission since nobody's home or out front with the exception of one retired couple who sit in their garage with the door open everyday with their dog. Juju loves their dog and I have definitely asked permission to come pet him. But that's more of good strange dog etiquette than a front yard issue. They love it. :)
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by on May. 4, 2012 at 1:52 AM
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by on May. 5, 2012 at 6:48 AM
Id be ok with it cause I would rather a kid ran on my lawn then in the road! As long to as they don't damage anything id def be ok with it!
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by on May. 5, 2012 at 8:55 AM
Truthfully, I would ask for permission. I am one of those people that hates it. Not because I am concerned about the looks of my yard, but because depending on the neighborhood you live in, others think it is their right to cut through their yard if you do. Unfortunately, those others are not as respectful as you may be. How hard is it to say to your neighbors, hey you know my son and I have been walking and it just occurred to me that you might not appreciate us in your yard. He loves smelling your flowers, do you mind if we continue our walks or had you prefer we remain near the road.

Not only that, it is simply polite. Most neigjbors will say go ahead and thanks for asking. It really is about being neighborly and respecting your neighbor. When you respect their privacy and their property, they tend to follow you.
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by on May. 5, 2012 at 9:51 AM
I do not allow my kids to walk anywhere but the sidewalk, but I don't mind kids on my lawn. Many people are anal so I just never let them.
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by on May. 5, 2012 at 9:53 AM
I dont allow my kids to walk on ppls lawns. Its rude imo, unless there is no sidewalk
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by on May. 5, 2012 at 10:34 AM

I wouldn't worry about it too much.  If someone didn't like him on their lawn, they would let you know right away.  I think most people understand that he is a little guy and very curious about his surroundings.  If he was on my lawn I wouldn't be upset at all....although I do run a daycare in my home and I'm used to kids in my yard.

by on May. 5, 2012 at 11:08 AM
I don't know if its rude or not, but I wouldn't allow my son to do that. Its their property, not mine. We were not allowed to do it growing up and neither will my son be.
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