Carmel - posted on 04/11/2010 ( 23 moms have responded )
My son is 7 and has been playing with a few on the same neighborhood kids since he was 4. There are 2 kids in particular (siblings ages 8 and 9) that are extremely mouthy, violent and just plain mean. We have a friendly relationship with the parents however they refuse to believe that their children instigate any of these problems.
One day a few weeks ago my husband looked out the door to see their 9 yr old beating the living daylights out of a 6 yr old. My husband ran out there and asked the 9 yr old why he is always beating up on the little kids and his response was 'because I can'. My husband took the bloody 6 yr old home and told the parents what happened, they are afraid to say anything to the parents of the 9 yr old because this couple are in law enforcement and most of the neighbors are afraid of retaliation.
The main problem is that most days these 2 kids are running the neighborhood unsupervised and the parents are generally 'napping' so they don't have a clue how much trouble their kids cause. If we try to talk to them they will accuse our kids of 'starting' the problem. Most days we end up bringing my son in just to get him out of the bad environment which is a punishment to him but we don't know what else to do. I would appreciate any advice . . . . .