Thank you so much Melissa.
I think your plan of damage control in only letting them play outside is a good one. I, too, don't provide snacks for the neighborhood. We tend to live at the house everyone congregates at and at times there are 5 or so girls over here. We simply can't feed them all. I'm happy to provide cups of water and a box of snack crackers. When it's gone, it's gone. At dinnertime everyone leaves.
We have had issues with our daughter asking in front of her friends if they can stay for dinner. The first time it happened I was really caught off guard and said OK. Of course, with O if you say "yes" once, in her mind it's a permanent invitation. She got to the point where it was a habit every dinnertime. Now the rule is dinner invitations can only be extended if they are planned in advance or if mommy (ie, me, the cook)
Thank you so much for your reply.
I should have had the 5yo clean up the toothpaste mess.
Loving Mommy to:William Tucker, Gabriella Grace, Emmeline Elise, Natalie Kate
It is so sad when parents do not have time to take care of their children.
OK, we have lived in several different neighborhoods in several different states and most peoples' rules for neighbor kids have been pretty similar.
Honestly, I do not think that the parents care.