Rachel - posted on 09/13/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )
I am a stay-at-home mom, and my two-year-old son is always within 5 feet of me. We moved into our new house about 2 months ago. Two little boys, 3 and 4, live a few houses down. They are very behind both developmentally, and hehaviorally. They wander the neighborhood - once while doing yardwork, they wandered into my yard and ran in and out of our house. The dad finally noticed about 10 minutes later, came over, and said "It's ok that they're over here, right?" My husband and I don't want our son to play with the boys because 1. we're really uncomfortable with them being on our property without their parents knowing, 2. I don't want this to turn into an unwanted, unpaid babysitting position and 3. our son picks up bad habits just from seeing them in the neighborhood. The parents are incapable of keeping the boys in their yard, so my son inevitably sees them frequently, and wants to play with them. How do I tell him he can't? Or am I being too judgemental? The parents know to control their kids, so my issue is what to tell my 2 year old.