Across our back lane lives a little boy who is a year older than my oldest dd. For the last couple of years, they've played together occasionally. On one hand, it's nice for my dd to have somebody close to her age to play with, but this kid is HYPER and has been destructive of our property on several different occasions. I usually try to make them stay outside to play because of this. He even comes over if we're not home and plays in our yard, which I am not comfortable with. I feel bad for him - he comes from a rough background and just hasn't been taught right from wrong or boundaries. He also has a 1 yr old sister who he dragged over the other day, and the mother never once came to check on her
Well it's Spring Break, and this kid has been over here every day. I wouldn't mind so much, but things are getting wrecked again. He was standing/jumping on our deck railing and one of the vertical rails came out.... Just things that SHOULD NOT GET BROKEN, unless you're going out of your way to break them!
I have a two year old dd as well, and am pregnant and due at the end of April. I'm just stressing out imagining what this summer will be like. My back yard will not be a sanctuary of peace and quiet, but rather a neighborhood playground and drop-off daycare centre. I want to get some summer things for the yard (kiddy pool, stuff like that,) but am afraid to because I know it'll just get destroyed. I also want to be able to take my younger two outside without fear of them getting hurt, or having to listen to the screaming and yelling seven-year-old banshee boy.
I've asked this kid on numerous occasions to not play in the yard when we're not here. I'm simply not comfortable with it. DD has also told him this, but it keeps happening (and often we come home to broken toys.)
I don't mind if the kids play together sometimes, but I don't want to have to pack them up and take off to parks all summer just for a break from my own back yard, you know?