REcently I became a SAHM mom again after years of working/daycare, etc. In the past , my kids would go directly from school to daycare to home. They have never had to interact with the kids in the neighborhood. Unfortunately, I live in a lower socio-econmic neighborhood (hopefully for not too much longer). Every single one of the kids in this neighborhood is in a single parent household and sadly,they are not supervised well or at all in some cases. Please note , I am not making generalizations, this is just the case in MY neighborhood.
So, there is a group of 3 boys that are my sons age (8) and they already seem to have this gang mentality. They gang up on him and another boy in the neighborhood. They have not beat him up or anything but they do taunt him and exclude him. They also are very rough with one another and have physical fights at the bus stop daily. I am the only parent that shows up at the bus stop and when I show up they stop fighting ofcourse. Obviously, I want my son to stay away from them and he seems to not want to have anything to do with them anyways.
The other kid this gang taunts, I thought might be a good friend for my son, but lo and behold, when I invited him over here earlier this week - he dropped the F bomb and a whole bunch of other cuss words in front of me and my sons. So, now I told my sons I didn't want them hanging out with him either.
It just seems like there are no good kids (kids that don't fight or cuss) in this neighborhood for them to play with. So I now have to drop them off and pick them up from school. When the one F-bomb kid knocks on the door I tell him that my kids cannot play with him. I am trying to show my kids that they will get in trouble if they hang out with these little hoodlums. I think they understand. Anyone else in the same predicament??? What has helped you???