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"I grew up in the 1970s during the baby bust, and I remember my parents telling stories from their childhood of kids gathering after school for pick-up football and baseball games and weekends where once chores where done they ran wild and free outside until dusk."

That's exactly how myself and everybody I knew as a kid grew up. In the Summer months, clearly
remember being told by my parents to get outside and play, and they did not want to hear
about how there was nothing to do, as they would put me to work around the house if I couldn't
find anything to do. So pickup baseball, football, basketball, bike riding, fort building,
tree house building, and basically exploring every inch of the neighborhood were the activities
most all of the kids I grew up with did. Back home for lunch and dinner, back outside
till the streetlights came on.

I guess that all might be considered parental neglect nowadays, but it taught a lot of kids
how to get along with each other, develop street smarts, and be pretty happy entertaining
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