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We are lucky enough to have absolutely fantastic neighbours living near us who we get along with really well and love spending time with. Our kids are of similar ages and play together really well. I used to love that my kids had friends so close to hang out with, something that I would have loved to have when I was growing up! However, recently I’ve started to notice my older girl picking up some bad habits from her friends, language that I would prefer her not to use and a rude attitude from time to time. I need to work out how they can play play together and keep their lovely friendship but still maintain the standards that I expect of my kids. I don’t really know how to approach this, but I do know that this won’t be the only situation where she will be exposed to people or behaviour that is not ideal! And so the parenting journey continues…


Posted by billyjean, 15th April 2013


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  • A couple of weeks ago a Mum and I were talking while browsing in a shop.
    She is in a similar situation with one of her boys. She has explained to him that she doesn’t like him talking like that even if his friend does, and those words are not allowed at home. Fortunately he hasn’t said them at home again.

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  • You just need to have faith in your parenting. It’s new at the moment,ms hell enjoy it for a while, then she’ll realise your way is best. You need to set them free for them to realise it’s with you they want to be

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  • well your child needs to refrain from this behaviour. have a chat so she doesn’t keep it going

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  • Growing up we had the best relationship with our neighbours they are like family. My kids don’t have the same as what we did and the way kids are these days they are just horrible.

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  • stories are great

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  • reading these stories are great

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  • it s a great top story

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  • How did you go with this? Would be interested to know

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  • Just think, you think this parenting malarcky will get easier with age as they learn to feed and clothe themselves and it turns out that it gets harder thanks to the bigger social issues. Good luck!

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  • It is a difficult situation to be in because while protecting your children from bad behaviour is the priority, you also don’t want to offend your neighbours :-/

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  • some kids are naughty .

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  • I know what you mean. Keep persisting and reminding your children what’s acceptable and what isn’t. Otherwise have try and have the children play more often at your house so you can watch them and politely suggest to the children ‘my house my rules’. Maybe the neighbours will pick up some of your children’s positive behaviour.

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