We’re fortunate to live in a neighborhood with a nice-sized group of kids similar in age to my 4 younger kids. For the most part, all the kids get along and play well together. During the summer, they’re constantly playing at and inside each other’s homes. Making the transition to school time proved to be a bit more difficult since all the kids were on slightly different schedules.
During the first week of school last year, we ran into a huge issue after school. Kids showed up at our back door the moment my mini van pulled into the driveway after school. While we were getting into our regular after school routine, my kids were getting distracted by their friends. I was getting frustrated. I had 4 kids who needed to follow their after school routine, and too many interruptions and distractions.
My Solution to the Neighborhood Friends Issue
One day, I had my 10 year old son make a quick sign for the back door. It told the neighborhood kids my kids were doing homework and mentioned a time to come back to play.
The next day we hung up the sign when we got home. We got a few questions at first. Then, the neighborhood kids started watching for the sign. And, showing up when the sign was taken down.
That one simple sign made homework time less stressful because my kids and the other kids knew when my kids were available to play.
How Do You Handle Play Time with Neighborhood Friends During the School Year?
Shared at The Super Mommy Club