Please do not attack me because I do not have children and 'may not understand' I am posting here to get advice from parents because you will know better then me...
The neighbours across the road moved in about 18 months ago, and from day dot the 2 young children are often outside from 6am onwards week days and weekends and majority of the time they are unsupervised.
The main problem is they seem to have no boundaries - a few weeks after moving in the young boy about 6 walked up to my FIL who was in our garage and asked him for $10 and said he would draw him a picture - cute to some but in today's world I think it is a bit risky. The little girl who inly started prep this year is always on their grass and says hello to every one that walks past, again cute to some but I'm not sure how I would feel about my 4 year old being outside on her own talking to strangers
I would have thought these kids would know about stranger danger by this age?
Anyway other little things like hat have happened and we have also noticed other things like them being on the road unsupervised, not moving off the road when cars come, playing in their parents cars outside their house (I'm so scared one is going to back over the other ) things like that.... I don't know if these things are normal because I'm not a parent... I guess everyone has their own views.
So this morning 2 car loads of visitors turn up. There are 3 boys ages maybe 6, 9 and 10 or 11 playing
In the street with a football (we live in a coulder-sac)
We are doing renos to our house so our garage is a storage unit, our cars live on the driveway normally but today they are on the road because we are sorting out stuff in the garage.
My FIL drives a 1970 valiant and the first time the ball hit it it brushed down the side, we let that slide, the second time it hit the rear quarter on the tail light, my FIL told them to watch the cars, he was in no way nasty when he said it, they stared at him blankly and kept playing right between his car and my husbands HSV. The ball then hit right on the valo's roof - it is dented, there is also a dirty ball mark on the side of DHs car which had a $400 cut/polish and clay bar treatment yesterday.
I went out an told them to get their ball and get back to their own house, and how dare you touch and destroy other people's belongings.
I was yelling because I was angry and the blatant disrespect for people's instructions and their property.
Next thing all the parents come and stand on their front porch and yell out to us from about 150m away, asking us what our problem is, my FIL told them what the kids had done and then the smartar$e responses started, telling us we can't speak to their kids like that and our cars shouldn't be parked on the road anyway so it's our fault if they get damaged. Yes fair enough we park them their at our own risk, but ask any cop and thy will tell you that kids shouldn't be playing on the road especially when they are not supervised (you can't see he road from inside their house) so i see it as a mixture of fault but still, if you are told to be carefully around someone's property wouldnt you move away from said property.... They aren't even playing outside of their own house - possibly because of the visitors cars being on the road??
Obviously nothing criminal has happened so we can't call the police, but I would like to get the message through to these parents that their children are reckless, behave in dangerous ways, and they can't play on the road without an adult watching them.
As a parent or even not, please tell me if this is all normal, or what you would do?