Unsupervised outdoor play/neighbourhood norms

Miranda - posted on 03/12/2017 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My son is in Junior Kindergarten. We live in a townhouse complex and he has a friend that goes to his school that lives behind us. This boys parents always let him roam the complex by himself (he's outside all the time without any supervision). My concern is that he always comes to call on my son. I am not comfortable letting my son play outside without my supervision and if I tell them no he is not going to play outside, this school friend then wants to come into our home to play. Since I do not know his parents very well and I am not comfortable watching someone else child (plus in the past he has come in to our home and made a mess and refused to clean the toys up when it was time to go) I am unsure how to deal with this situation. I feel bad letting my son down when I say he can't play with this kid because they do get along very well. In the winter it makes it hard because I would sit outside and watch them if it was warmer

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Alyssa - posted on 03/17/2017

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While it may seem one-sided, I would rather have to clean up after the child than to know that he is running around without supervision. His parents are probably not aware that he is even in your home. Maybe making an effort to contact them and ask if they are comfortable with this. I don't think it means you have to become a babysitter but maybe you could let them know what days and times are good for him to come over.

Miranda - posted on 03/12/2017

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No, I havn't really met them. I never see the mom but the dad I ran into once in the summer. We did exchange numbers and he said we can watch out for each others kids but they are do no watching at all

Ev - posted on 03/12/2017

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Have you tried going to talk to this boy's parents about him coming over and playing?

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