Audra - posted on 11/12/2013 ( 1 mom has responded )
Our house seems to be the go to place for 5 kids in the neighborhood. I like it this way. We have some fun things to do and usually have some fun/healthy snacks. Usually they show up about 3 minutes after school bus drops them off. They all know that my 2 school aged kids have to do homework as soon as they get home. When they show up they are allowed to play out back or downstairs. I tell them they need to stay quiet until the kids are done with their work. Most of the time they are fine. Usually while they are waiting I will provide a snack of popcorn or pretzels or fruit.
I don't have a special time for dinner. Sometimes it is at 5:30 some times as late as 6:45. When dinner is almost ready I will let them know that we are going to have dinner and they have to leave. About 2 times a week I will cook extras for them to eat here. When cooking I do get the ohhhs and ahhhs and that smell good sounds. I feel bad that I send them home without feeding them. Often when they come back after dinner they will ask for food. ( when I say often I mean 6 out of 7 days) On weekends it's the same.
Now I would have no problems feeding these kids if I knew that food was scarce or non existent at home. But often I get down right upset when I get what seems constant requests for food. Best part is when I get totally ignored.
How do you all deal with the near constant request for food? How do you deal with the resentment? Got any stories to share?