We live in a pretty small neighborhood and my house is on the very last road at the end of a cul de sac. There are kids running up and down our road all the time. Even though we don't get a whole lot of traffic, I don't let Evan go out of our front yard. Until recently, he had no interest in the other kids and was completely content playing in our huge fenced backyard. Now he wants to play with his friends all the time.
They come ringing the doorbell at all hours during the day, often during naptime, and they want to play in the front yard. I usually put large toys out there to keep them in the yard. If they want to ride bikes, I have to be in the front yard watching closely.
I rarely see their parents. Ever. The little boy and little girl that are closest to his age are the ones that are always ringing my doorbell. I see the little boy's dad a good bit, but not every time. I NEVER see the little girl's parents watching her. She actually lives down the road so they can't even see her if they're looking out a window or something.
The two of them are always walking up and down the street and Evan is usually OK with not going with them, but I'm worried he's going to start trying to want to because the other two kids do all the time.
I've told the kids over and over again that Evan takes a nap about an hour after lunch. The dad of the little boy even knows that Evan does. They still come ring the doorbell almost everyday around that time looking for him. Today they decided to "prank" me by ringing the doorbell and then running behind the car. Of course, this woke Evan AND Isabella up. I told them to stop ringing the doorbell, so then they started knocking on my door and then running. I saw the dad sternly talking to the boy a few minutes later so hopefully he was talking to him about ringing my doorbell and running. Of course, the little girl's parents are nowhere to be seen. Right now they are running up and down the street-Evan is in here with me.
So my question is:
If you live(d) in a neighorhood would you/do you allow your kids to roam all over the place? Do you let them go up to other people's doors and ring the doorbell at all times during the day? Is this just a normal thing(he's only 3)?
Just in case you didn't know-my house is for sale and I can't wait to move out of this neighborhood! Fingers crossed that we'll be building the next house on land. I've never lived in a neighborhood before this and I don't like it!