Ideas? Neighbors and my kids...

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Registered: 10-22-2009
Ideas? Neighbors and my kids...
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Thu, 06-17-2010 - 1:21pm

Okay,

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Avatar for mommy2amani
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Registered: 03-26-2003
Thu, 06-17-2010 - 1:51pm

Maybe that's why the other parents send them outside!


DD has a friend who has an older brother she fights with constantly, so I think she thinks that's normal.

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Registered: 04-16-2010
Thu, 06-17-2010 - 2:43pm

Well, I would start by limiting the amount of time they are allowed to play inside.

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Registered: 01-15-2006
Thu, 06-17-2010 - 3:01pm

no real advice.

 

Avatar for rollmops2009
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Thu, 06-17-2010 - 3:16pm

Just to make sure I understand, you are expecting the visiting kids and your older kids to play with the younger kids? I can't say I have any experience with that, either from my own childhood (and we did have piles of kids who all played in the hood, as well as friends home frequently) or dd's childhood.

IMHO, if the two teens are hanging, they should be free to go hang by themselves in your 13yos room, ditto for the other "pair." The other two kids could either play together or find something else to do. I can't see why the older/other kids should have to entertain them.

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Erica Jong

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Registered: 04-16-2010
Thu, 06-17-2010 - 3:27pm

My kids (and I) have been told that if they are going to play outside, that they need to play with everyone, and they need to share everything, with everyone.

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Registered: 02-24-2009
Thu, 06-17-2010 - 3:29pm
So your kids can never play one-on-one with a friend? Why? I never played with my brothers past a certain (quite young, like 5 or6) age, unless there was absolutely no other choice, but even then I would usually read a book instead. We each had our own friends, outside and inside.

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Erica Jong

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Registered: 04-16-2010
Thu, 06-17-2010 - 3:36pm
Oh, they can play one on one, but not behind closed doors.
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Registered: 02-24-2009
Thu, 06-17-2010 - 3:40pm
OK, not sure why closed doors would be a problem, but I did not specify closed doors, just that they should be able to play/talk without involving all the other kids.

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Erica Jong

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Registered: 10-22-2009
Thu, 06-17-2010 - 3:45pm

I wondered if this would come up after i posted...


Yes,

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Registered: 10-22-2009
Thu, 06-17-2010 - 3:52pm

Same here, when mine are all outside playing they must all get along and share.

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