Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Northern Virginia
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I have 3 kids- a 4 yr old boy, a 2 yr old girl and a 5 month old girl. We live in a townhouse complex. There is a 7 yr old girl who Trevor and I used to meet on our walks who lives nearby and he would play with her for a while. Now, with summer here, she has been knocking on our door to play. She's very nice but honestly, I think she is a little old to play with Trevor. Her play is a little beyond him (she is very into 7 and Trevor JUST turned 4).
Today she came over and we had just gotten back from playing at another friends all day and the kids were just vegging for a while in front of the TV because they hadn't napped and were very tired. This little girl knocked on the door and when I answered it she just came right in. I knew Trevor was tired and asked if he wanted to play right now. He said he didn't. I explained to the little girl that Trevor and Rachael were tired and that we had been out all day and were just watching TV for a while. Well, she says she'll watch TV with them. Our TV is hardly ever on and is in our bedroom. The kids watch it MAYBE once a week, if at all. Our bedroom is off limits to his friends. I told her this and asked her to maybe come by a little later or tomorrow. She like has a FIT and starts crying right in the middle of our living room. I feel horrible for kicking her out but Trevor really wasn't interested in playing anymore that day. She is yelling that she'll never come over anymore if she can't play now, and when I stand firm on her leaving she yells "DAMMIT" and she's crying all the way out of the house and down the street. I felt bad but not too bad, because I don't feel like Trevor should always want to play with people.
Did I handle it ok? What would y'all have done? I haven't hit that age yet and Trevor is still in playdate mode where the parents come over with their kids and I don't let him go around our neighborhood without me. I'm new to older kids playing with him.
Married, working mom to son (almost 15), DD1 (almost 13) and DD2 (11). Oh, and badnewf, a nonobadbordercollie and 3 black cats.