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Elementary Aged Kids Your little ones have grown up right before your eyes! They are no longer those little babies they once were, and soon they are moving to adolescence.

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Old 10-12-2003, 10:42 PM
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Just found this thread and I have laid down the rules too and the kids listen sometimes but their parents don't. We have some that came over when their grandparents lived next door. Now he has moved and the DD and her family are there. They have the son that will just walk in, help himself etc. I have told him he has to knock and ask for something. Now discovering they are coming over and playing with my kids toys when we are now home. The 2yo also. I cam home and could not pull in the drive as my kids ride on toys were in the driveway. I know it was not them as they were with me. Time to talk to the parents again.

Also had a problem with the brother's DD, as she broke the plastic guards on my basement windows. I told her dad and he asked why. They said my DS told them something was down in the basement and since I would not let them in the house they were trying to get thru the windows. Father said they would replace them, that was a year ago and still don't have them and never will.

I cannot say that they can never play with these kids as we do not have that many kids around. But I do supervise more (even though old enough to know better) and will say at times time to go or no mine cannot come out, etc.

It just seems like some parents do not care and do not teach their children manners or respect.

I do say I would like to make my house open to their friends so I know what they are doing and where they are.
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Old 10-13-2003, 04:19 AM
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I'm pretty amazed that your neighbors' kids will use your kids' toys when you are NOT HOME!!!! That is really rude.

Luckily for us my DS has found other friends so the kids who were causing the trouble haven't been around.
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Old 10-14-2003, 12:42 AM
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I thought so too, unfortunately we do not have a garage so their toys are on a carport. But it still means the kids come up, they have even been in the fenced backyard. The kicker was when they took some of my son's carefully (as a kid's can be ) arranged halloween decorations down. I got home first and found all the decorations taken off the stakes and some lights pulled differently. I was able to redo them before ds got home with his dd otherwise he would have had a fit. Needless to say we were not looking forward to them moving in.
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