Recently, we have been having a lot of problems with our neighbor children. Drama has ensued. It has escalated since Spring Break started. At one point, I was ready to kick the parents' door in and then kick something else. I was done. Luckily, my dinner was ready, and I decided I wasn't going to let their rotten children ruin my holiday. I let it be. I enjoyed my holiday with family. It was nice. Besides, I am not good with confrontations or the spoken word.
The other day, Ryan wanted to play in their house. It had been a couple of days since he had actually played with them. I thought about it. I talked to him about wrong choices and right choices. Often times, the oldest of these other children(who is 8) is the instigator of 99% of trouble. She will get the others (mostly Ryan) to do things that are wrong. I told Ryan if he knows it is wrong to say he won't do it because it is wrong. And if that doesn't work, he can always leave. I let him go. It was not easy. He was gone less than 15 minutes before he came tearing home swearing to never go back. I asked why. The youngest C, who is almost 5 told Ryan to push his sister S who is 6. Yeah it is stuff like that. He, of course did not and came right home. I told Ryan he did the right thing. In less than 2 minutes, C was over telling Ryan he wasn't in trouble and that he could come over again. I told him that Ryan would be staying home for now, and sent C on his way. I was proud of Ryan for remembering CTR and for getting out of a bad situation. I am linking up with Emmymom and Kmama today for Proud Moments!