- 6 years ago
- Wedding: June 2011
Our next door neighbors do not watch their kids properly. Their kids are all over the place, and they expect the rest of the cul-de-sac to play “babysitter”. (On 4th of July, they are even outside alone lighting fireworks. A 6 year old and a 3 year old, alone. And they were exloding fireworks lit with fire, not the throw-down snaps!)
The little girl (I’ll call her “Sally”) especially, about 7-8 years old, is ALWAYS bugging us. She comes over and asks to play with our dogs (she has 2 dogs of her own), once in a while we let her because we feel bad for her, but she asks ALL THE TIME. It goes in cycles, usually she’ll only ask once or twice a week, but during the summer when she’s “bored”, she will knock on our door twice a day!
Darling Husband gets home about half an hour before I do. I’ll pull into the garage, Sally will come running in asking to play with the dogs. I say “not today”, I go inside and find out that she’s already asked Darling Husband and he said no too. Or she’ll pull the “[DH’s name] said probably, but I’d have to ask you”.
Sally is constantly asking if she can partake in whatever we are doing outside, whether it be gardening, working in the garage, etc. Or she wants to walk our dogs (I’ve seen how she is with her own dogs, I don’t trust her with my dogs). Yesterday she came over to say her cousin got nipped by one of our dogs; we have told the kids next-door numerous times that they cannot pet that particular dog, that he might bite them!
Sally will even ask us, when we are getting in the car to go somewhere, if she can come over or even if she can go with us to the grocery store or whereever we are going. When we say we are leaving, she’ll start asking when we’ll be back and if she can come over then, or the next day, etc.
I really feel bad for her, I know she’s starved for attention, but it’s not my job to be a free babysitter!
Our other neighbors, who also have kids, have said Sally will even try to invite herself over for dinner at their house! (Not because Sally doesn’t have food at her house, just because “oh, that sounds good, can I stay and eat here?”).
I really am dreading when the baby is born, I know she’s going to want to come over and see the baby all the time. (And it will go like this: She’ll ring the door bell, my dogs will bark, my baby will wake up and cry/scream… I foresee it being a huge annoyance at least once or twice a day!)
Any suggestions on how to get this girl to leave us alone?! (And still keep peace with the neighbors? I don’t want to get any bad blood between us and her parents if I go tell them to not let their daughter bug us all the time.) I don’t want to be mean, but she really needs to not bug us all the time! Especially after the baby is born!