Pesty neighborhood kids!
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|Thu, 06-15-2006 - 12:12pm|
I am coming out of lurkmode to pose a few questions that have been on my mind about my 7 year old DD. I'll start with just one for today. (believe me, I have a lot! :)
She is friends with a couple neighborhood kids that she rides the bus with. They are the biggest pests! I can't even go outside to enjoy the sun in the front of the house without them spotting her and running up the street to hang around. They run all over, play with all the toys, make a terrific mess, you get the picture. The problem is, I have a 4 year old DS with slightly different rules and playing abilities than her and her friends (they are 7 and up!) and a 3 month old infant girl to look after, and the constant rigamorol is a bit of a nuisance, ya know what I mean? Yesterday, she got off the bus, stepped in the door, I shut the door, she took off her backpack, and that doorbell was ringing (yep, the kids down the street) before I could even say hi to her, not to mention "how was your day?" They must have literally gotten off the bus (they live down the street, so they get off one block before my DD) and walked straight up the street without even stopping home first! I answered the door and said "She cannot play right now, we have too much to do tonight" which was true... we had errand night last night, but I suppose she could have played for a little while. But, c'mon! I didn't even have a chance to even welcome her home from school for the day!
Having an infant makes it difficult, too. When the neighborhood kids are here, I feel like I have to watch them like a babysitter, but when its just my own two children out there, I can trust them a little more, and then I can take care of my baby too, and get housework done, etc. See where I am going with this? I want a little privacy, here!
There have been many many situations I've had to deal with that I won't bore everyone with the details of, but I don't want to hurt anyone's feelings, and I do want my DD to have friends. But, its hard, there is like 4 or 5 of them sometimes, and the group seems to grow as they walk, ya know, and sometimes there are children I don't even know playing in my backyard.
I feel like I should have a sign "If I don't know you or you are over 10, you may not enter"
My DH had to have a talk with them once about the doorbell, because they will ringringringring it repeatedly if I don't answer quick enough (or at all - yes I've tried hiding and just not opening the door. They just keep knocking)
Once they even walked to our backyard to help themselves to our stuff without bothering to knock first. UGH
So, any suggestions? Or should I just try my best to be June Cleaver and welcome the neighborhood kids into my home/backyard with open arms??