Need help dealing with the neighbor's little boy
October 5, 2009 11:41 AM Subscribe
The little neighbor boy thinks our house is the next best thing to Disney World and is over here all the time lately, but I have questions about dealing with other people's kids.
posted by HotToddy to human relations (33 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
Mr. HotToddy and I are in our mid-forties, no kids, and very little experience in dealing with them. There is an absolutely charming little seven-year-old boy across the street who has decided that our house is the place to be. I quite enjoy his company--he's super smart and curious, and generally well-behaved, but, you know, he's seven. Sometimes he doesn't listen to me when I tell him not to do something (don't turn that sprinkler on, don't wave that big metal thing around my dog, etc.)
Also, sometimes I'll be working on something out in the yard and he'll be helping me, and after an hour or so I'd like to go back to working alone, but there's no objective reason that he should go home. I feel awkward saying, "It's time for you to go home now," because he'll just say "Why?" and come up with a reason to stay. He's sweet, but incredibly persistent.
I'm not sure how to handle these situations because 1) I like him and want him to keep coming over, and 2) I'm not sure how firmly it's permissible to speak to other people's kids. What would you say/do in these situations?