Growing up we lived in two different neighborhood's off and on and in each one there was one or two kids that were always getting into trouble, whether it was stealing or being a bully or whatever. In my neighborhood now there are several kids I won't allow my children to play with and are not allowed in my yard - one was caught stealing toys from my yard, and she was also seen snooping around my yard and a neighbor's yard at night. Another one is always picking fights with my 6 year old DD and trying to get my 5 year old DD into trouble. A few of the boys in the neighborhood are always picking fights with my 9 and 11 year old cousins so those kids aren't allowed in my yard either.
I sometimes try to think about what kind of parents are allowing their children to go around the neighborhood and start crap with smaller children, or what they think when their kids come home with toys that don't belong to them. Last year the girl who steals was even caught by my neighbor stealing food out of my cellar which has a freezer in it with meat, pies, ice cream and popsicles and my small cellar has all of DH's tools in it and several things were missing from there too...I had to go out and buy a padlock for both cellars.
I'm not going through all the drama this summer; I'm telling each of those kids they're again not allowed in my yard or to play with my children. If I must I intend to go to their parents because as much as I don't want to if I catch one stealing again or beating on one of my kids I will call the cops. However I'm not an unforgiving person either, there is a couple kids that I had issues with last summer that so far have seemed fine around my kids when they play down the street at my aunt's ex-boyfriend's house so when one came up I told her she could play here but if I see one fight or anything else like last year than she'll be sent home and won't be allowed to play here again.
Asked by Anonymous at 7:09 PM on May. 7, 2011 in General Parenting
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