Do you like for your kids friends to always hang out at your house? EDIT! THIS Is what comes of letting the neighbor kids come over...
Are you that house where all the kids like to hang out, and you like to have them there, or when your kid walks in the door towing a buddy along with them do you sigh to yourself and think, "Great, just what I need, one more, (or two or three) kid to have to supervise!"?
I used to always welcome my x's son's buddies from the neighborhood over to our house, not because I actually wanted them there, really it was a pain, but because at least if they were at our house I could keep an eye on ss, and in the case of our neighbor's kids, their house was just a bad environment and I figured the more time they could spend in a healthy happy household the better. Still, I was never happy to see a whole horde of kids walking in my door.
Now, lately, when dd comes home from the bus she often brings her friend who lives next door with her, Caden. Caden is a couple years younger than dd and kind of a pain, she bickers with my kids, tries to boss them, and honestly just kind of annoys me, but sometimes my dd goes over to HER house too, and I like that cuz it gives me a bit of a break. I'm always busy with the baby so I can use any relief I can get, and I feel like if I'm happy to have my dd there, I ought to be happy to have their dd here too.
What's your take on your kid's friends coming over and hanging out?
ETA: The other day the little girl from next door came home from the bus stop with my dd, and she walks in and picks up my 9 month old. This is kind of an ongoing issue, she is always picking up my baby girl without asking and I'm over protective so it makes me nearvous. I always think a little tiny girl like her doesn't have the strength to hold a 9 month old, but anyway she's holding the baby in front of her face, and talking with her mouth 1 or 2 inches from the baby's, and says, "My Mom has STREP THROAT, that's why we aren't over there right now." So, then, even though I seem calm, inside I'm freaking out thinking, "WHY are you breathing in my baby's face when you could be contaminated with strep!?" (I'm kind of germophobic). So, I go get the baby from her and suggest that maybe if she has sick family members she shouldn't hang out here because we might catch it, and she says, "OH, don't worry, I had it last week!" UGH!
So, last night I notice the baby feels hot, and I take her temp and it's 99.9, then in the morning I take it again and it's 101.4, so I take her to the Dr, and she's got strep throat! :( I started her on the antibiotics the Dr. Prescribed and she's napping. Poor baby.