Our expert says:
Hello Still Tired Mom :
I'm not sure you need to have allowed this awful situation to arise or continue. The next-door kids you describe are horrible little savages, apparently seriously neglected by their lazy, incompetent Bad Parents. But that should be a problem between them and their awful parents who seem to have abdicated all proper parental responsibility, and perhaps Child Welfare of similar authorities. If there is real evidence of significant parental neglect, maybe they should be reported to Child Welfare for investigation and assistance.
There are surely more normal children in town who your kid could spend time with. Why not ban these marauding little monsters from your home altogether ? You have no duty to admit them or accept their bad behaviour. They will be teaching your own child bad manners and worse, with no advantage to anyone.
I don't understand their parents nonsense about the dog : surely they don't have a dog that in some way means their own children can't access their own home ? If so, that definitely should be reported to the authorities. Let the kids do in their own home as they please, but not in yours. There must be other families in the area who also don't allow these kids entry ?
Your child has no need whatever to learn directly from these kids how awful children can be or how useless some parents are. By all means discuss such matters with them, but that doesn't need to be a contact sport. Its wise to discuss possible pedophilia with children, but that doesn't mean opening your home to the neighbourhood pedophile.
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