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Is your house THE house where all the kids play? Do you love it or hate it?

Posted by on Jan. 21, 2013 at 3:09 PM
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10 Reasons I Wish All the Kids Would Play at YOUR House Instead of Mine

Posted by Jill Smokler on January 21, 2013

Growing up, I spent a good deal of time at other people's homes. My house was never the one where everyone congregated, and I vowed things would be different when I had a house of my own. I wanted my house to be the place that offered the best snacks and the cozy home away from home where everyone wanted to be. Snort.

As a grown up, I've seen the light. Being the go-to house isn't all it's cracked up to be and I am more than happy to send my kids elsewhere for hours at a time.

Why?  If you're always the host of little kids coming and going from your house as they please ... 

 
1. You constantly get stuck feeding dinner to faces not belonging to you. 
 
2. Your carpets are constantly covered in muddy foot prints. 
 
3. Your playroom always looks like a bomb went off in it. 
 
4. Your front door never never fully shuts and your heating bill skyrockets. 
 
5. It is impossible to successfully keep snacks stocked in the pantry. 
 
6. You get suckered into impromptu sleepovers
 
7. You never get to choose what to watch on your own television. 
 
8. You have to hear yourself saying things like "You can do what you want at your house, but this is our house."
 
9. Your yard is constantly littered in balls of every shape and size, hula hoops and baseball bats. 
 
10. You get to know a whole different side of your kids. (Ok, so maybe it's not all that bad.)

Is your house THE house where all the kids play? Do you love it or hate it?
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Perfect.Pixie
by Gold Member on Jan. 21, 2013 at 3:15 PM
Most of the time. I don't mind it at all. The park is where they spend all their time though.
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tifbrown
by on Jan. 21, 2013 at 3:17 PM
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Not yet, but it will be. I will gladly have all the kids over here, feed them snacks, let them have bonfires out back, etc. I would rather them all be here where I can keep an eye on them, than at who knows house, doing who knows what.

SC_MomofTeens
by Silver Member on Jan. 21, 2013 at 3:18 PM
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We always have extras here. I have a total of 7 girls living here and on the weekends sometimes there are 11 or 12. I don't mind. They're teenagers and usually upstairs.
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moneysaver6
by on Jan. 21, 2013 at 3:19 PM
Yes it is...and I wouldn't have it any other way.
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eesmommy
by Gold Member on Jan. 21, 2013 at 3:19 PM
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Yes, everyday the backyard is attacked by tiny terrors. I let them play to their hearts content, we have a few rules, no hitting, no kicking, no pushing, you must be nice to everyone, no potty mouth, you drink water, you say yes and no ma'am yes and no sir to my dh if he is here. You take off your shoes if you go inside.
I sit in our sunroom reading or crocheting, the moms know I watch them all closely so they feel comfortable withe them here. Many a time a mom has dropped in to check on her youngun and stayed for a cup of tea or coffee.
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raegansmom
by Platinum Member on Jan. 21, 2013 at 3:20 PM
My house is & I love it. I know what my kid is doing & I know all the neighborhood kids are cared for & about throughout the day.
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Kylie819
by Gold Member on Jan. 21, 2013 at 3:20 PM
Nope. DD and her friends practically live at the dance studio :) But inevitably I will end up with an extra girl (or two or three!) sleeping over on the weekends.
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NiCo86
by on Jan. 21, 2013 at 3:20 PM
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 I enjoy it :) I love being the "cool mom"!!

Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 on Jan. 21, 2013 at 3:21 PM
My house is not the place to be lol. That's how I like it. Lol
Anonymous
by Anonymous 2 on Jan. 21, 2013 at 3:22 PM
One of my friends has that house, lol. I can't handle a bunch of kids.
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