How to tell kids they can't play with neighbouring kids

Juniper - posted on 11/01/2011 ( 1 mom has responded )

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I have a 5 yr old and a 3 yr old (girls) and over the last 6 months they have been playing with the 3 boys next door (2 with Grandma). We moved here last winter so they were the 1st kids they met and played with this summer. This time period has gone fairly smoothly with all the families getting together at birthdays etc... until this last month.
The Grandmother (my parents age) has an issue with the property line, parking, ppl with 2 many cars etc... and has apparently been complaining to by-law enforcement about everyone within 2 blocks. When they tidied up their boulivard they placed bolders down. She placed the landscaping cloth, gravel and bolders along what would be the property line if it went all the way to the road (we are in a cul-de-sac). So it angles across where we were parking our car infront of our place. As it happends 3 ppl in the area complained before we called to ask if they could prevent parking with rocks but when they were told to move the rocks they had an issue with us. It became uncomfortable when they moved the rocks and started parking their own cars down there (they have a 5-7 car pad and driveway. We have a 1 car car port and the road.
All in all the friendship has been severed on their doing and she has continually tried to get a reaction out of us, like stopping and talking to the other Moms I talk to every day (she has never been on that side of the school before). I don't care but it has just become funny and stupid what she is doing. Grandma has made it apparent that she doesn't want the boys to have anything to do with our girls.
I don't know how to explain to my girls why they can't play with the boys anymore. I was planning things so we were conviently busy but can't keep doing that. I obviously don't know what if anything has been told to the boys about us but If the boys have said hi we say hi.
Any ideas on what to tell them that wont cause issues for the kids at school?

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Katherine - posted on 11/02/2011

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That sounds pretty ridiculous to me. And petty. She is being selfish not thinking about the kids. I would tell then you had a disagree,mt and now you're not friends anymore..

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