do you remember that old adage..."it takes a village to raise a child?"
well, this year, i feel like i have been the "village mother!"
writting that right now made me LOL!! hahaha!
but i am serious! i cannot believe how some parents raise their children...or don't.
i am really trying hard not to judge them. but when these children play with my boys, and exhibit poor behavior, i cannot help but think about how they are being raised.
i feel like i have to constantly watch these children as they play with my boys...even though my boys are way past that stage!
i thought i could catch a small break..say 10-20 minutes before i had to peer out the window to see what they are doing.
However, when these other children are here, i feel like i cannot leave them alone for a minute. and it's not because of my boys. i trust them. i find it utterly sad that i cannot trust these other kids. i mean, they're just kids.
5-9 yr olds should be able to play for periods of time .. unsupervised!
some of my other neighbors have just given up and said they couldn't play at their homes anymore.
i don't want to send these children away...and not give them a chance. i don't think that's fair. and it's not the child's fault, for the most part.
however, i also don't want my boys to learn that behavior or even to think it's ok.
i feel stuck in the middle.