We have a lot of kids running around our neighborhood. All the time.
My yard is a mess. I don’t have a lot of time and and I get horribly sick with allergies when I try to clean it up. So, I called one of these kids and asked him if he’d be willing to clean up my yard for some cash. He said yes, and brought two other kids with him. They did a great job! They didn’t quite finish before it got dark so they will be back this afternoon to finish up. If they do a good job today, Husband wants them to come back on Saturday and help him fix our fence.
When some small hoodlums started setting fire to stuff in the street, the kids cleaning my yard called the cops. The kids made some cash, I got my yard clean, and the neighborhood was safer. Everyone wins!
p.s. I just re-read my post. It sounds like I live in a REEEEAAAALLLYYY bad neighborhood, it’s really not bad. There are just a lot of kids running around in the street at all hours (I’ve seen kids under five out past 10:00 pm!) Mostly they just play in the street, which worries me to no end. I’m always afraid one of them is going to get run over.