so my neighbor (not the one i always complain about, a different one) she has 3 kids all around the same ages as my 3. we live right next door to one another. she doesnt have many things for her kids to play with outside (and not from lack of funds, more like laziness, infact she hardly ever brings them outside at all) so usually when we're all outside i don't mind if HER kids play with my kids' outdoor toys, like the bikes, scooters, chalk, and the swingset in the backyard, etc.
well the past few times we've been out, she's had her oldest daughter run down the street to invite her friend over. when we're out front playing i dont mind as much because everyone is just sort of running around. her kid's friend does take my kids bike out and she's WAY too big for it but i try not to let it bother me.
the other day though, we were in the backyard (no fence yet but were getting one next week- YAY!) playing on the swingset and she heard us out there so she texted me and asked how long we'd be out. a few minutes later her kids came to the swingset but the oldest one had TWO friends with her. i'm like WTF? and my oldest already had another friend on the swingset. so i told them that my oldest could only have one friend over, so the neighbor's oldest's friends had to leave. she went and told her mom who was walking to the backyard with her chair, and she had this stank look on her face like *i* was in the wrong.
okay, my swingset isn't a public playground that's durable for 20 kids to play on it. infact i ran over the anchors with the lawn mower so it barely withstands the weight of my own 3 kids. i dont care if we're outside, it's MY swingset and she should ask before she assumes it's okay if two other kids that i don't even know can play on it, don't you think? or am i being crazy and possessive?
To add to that short and sweet answer, she is not legally responsible for the other two kids. If they get hurt on your swing set, who do you think their parents are going to go after? I'm glad you are getting a fence, as something like that could be considered an attractive nuisance and even if they were to play on it and get hurt while you were away from the house, you would still be liable.
Answer by QuinnMae at 11:11 AM on Dec. 11, 2013
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Answer by Ballad at 11:23 AM on Dec. 11, 2013
Yes & I would tell her that you are not comfortable entertaining kids you don't know in your back yard because ultimately you are responsible if someone gets hurt. If she wants to invite the neighborhood over then let her plant her lawn chair on her front lawn & be the monitor of the kids.
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