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Offline Lake Lili

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Corralling Young Children
« on: August 24, 2013, 11:27:30 AM »
As we look around our homes and try to establish them, or our BOL, as safe havens for our families, we have to take in to account the needs of the young children in our lives.  Many of you have children grown and gone, but others have young kids or grandchildren whose safety you are looking to ensure.  While inside, many of us have set aside space as a playroom or homeschool room, or teen hangout space, where we can shut the door and know that they are safe and self-amusing, but when it comes to the outdoors there are more challenges.

A fenced in play yard is the most obvious solution.  My own parents built one with stout posts and chicken wire they could see us and we could not get out.  Inside we had a sandbox and swing set.  It was a great solution and one I would still recommend.  Firstly the space was fairly small (10x10) which worked for us as small ones but not as older kids.  Secondly we were there for all to see - not just from the house but also from the woods and road.  Thirdly it offered limited protection from local wild life - the raccoons and skunks loved the sandbox...

A fenced in yard is still ideal but here are a couple of other ideas.  I used snow fencing to build play yard for Monkey.  The best part was that I could move it around and it was easy to enlarge. Kids can climb chicken wire, not snow fencing. Snow fencing will work with deer and coyotes unless the coyotes are determined to dig under. The other option is to palisade the entire yard.  This is much better is you have coyote problems also keeps deer out.  Log palisading is expensive and time consuming but is a better long term solution, especially if you can include your garden and orchard within the walls.  You may need to check with local ordinances about fence heights.  Snow fences are generally short enough that they will not come into conflict with local by-laws, palisades are usually 8 feet above ground (and two feet below).  While a palisade may reduce your ground level sight lines, the benefits are equally there in enhanced ground level security.  Think wild west or fur trade forts, from the ancient Celts to the Romans on out this was the best way to secure homesteads from invaders and keep the family safe.  If your spouse thinks them unsightly, time to have the kids play Tom Sawyer and white wash the sucker - just know that the blinding flash of white will wreck your opsec.  Blending into the woods is much better.

Back to kids.  Corralling them outside gives them a safe space to run and play while you get the work done that they are too small to help with. Making the space large gives everyone more space to move comfortably. The speed of installation and low cost of using storm fencing and metal stakes make them the ideal starter fence.  The long term permanence of the log palisade makes it the best long term solution there is a reason all those pioneers put them around the homestead they work!

Would love to hear your solutions for this issue.
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