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To think others people's children shouldn't be playing on my driveway?

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MissFredi Sun 28-Apr-13 16:55:09

Just that really. It's where my ashtray is(on a shelf out of reach but smoke does travel) and DP wants to plant things on the strip at the side.

And plus its ours, why can they not play on their own?

Sparklingbrook Sun 28-Apr-13 16:57:07

No they shouldn't. There's one child round here who used the lady over the road's garden as the park. It really upsets her. sad

Just go out and move them on.

UnChartered Sun 28-Apr-13 16:57:29

is it yours? as in part of your property or just adjoining?

spottyparrot Sun 28-Apr-13 16:58:13

Not ok, I would move them on as well.

kinkyfuckery Sun 28-Apr-13 16:58:24

YANBU, have you asked them to move on?

MissFredi Sun 28-Apr-13 17:05:47

I haven't spoken to them, they are quite little 5/6ish I think, so I can imagine me asking them to will cause the mother to come round about me "having a go"

It is ours, it's private rented and included in the price, and the majority of the street has a sort of unspoken etiquette that its only used by the person who lives there/friends who are visiting.

I am quite shy and introvert tbh so I might get DP to have a friendly chat when he finishes work, he's a lot better with kids he understands what the hell they're saying

MissFredi Sun 28-Apr-13 17:07:09

Also I feel ever so warm and fuzzy that no one has brandished a pitchfork at me for smoking.

wineall round!

Sparklingbrook Sun 28-Apr-13 17:07:18

What are they actually doing?

DeepRedBetty Sun 28-Apr-13 17:09:46

No pitchfork from me for smoking! Although I keep my ashtray out the back - I don't like being stared at when indulging my guilty filthy habit.

Ta for the wine!

KirjavaTheCat Sun 28-Apr-13 17:13:39

We were always taught not to go into other peoples' gardens or driveways when playing, it was the meaning of rude. And always to ask if we needed a ball back or something.

Do people not teach that to their kids anymore? confused

MissFredi Sun 28-Apr-13 17:15:55

Apparently not kirjava:/

They're just running around, one of them hid in my neighbours front porch roofy shelf bit when they were playing hide and seek. Nothing too harmful but I do know my neighbour works nights so I don't imagine he'd be too impressed if they woke him up.

SirChenjin Sun 28-Apr-13 17:16:16

We still teach our kids that Kirjava - most people I know do. There are some who don't bother, but most people are still polite and mannerly.

StuntGirl Sun 28-Apr-13 17:17:14

Just go outside and tell them not to play on your drive!

MissFredi Sun 28-Apr-13 17:19:16

Tbh if we could put a light at the back and fix the gate so undesirables couldn't sneak in then I'd be quite happy to go out there, but I just don't feel as safe iyswim?

VelvetSpoon Sun 28-Apr-13 17:20:46

YANBU. Kids round here have done it in the past (I have a big, ungated driveway/front garden and no car) I have told them to go and play in their own gardens which they dont cos their parents moan about them making too much noise!

MrsRajeshKoothrappali Sun 28-Apr-13 17:24:36

The bloke next door's children used to use my front pathway as a scooter ramp.

Did my nut. I sit by the window and having shouty children constantly scooting past me when I was relaxing after work was sooo fustrating.

Just tell them to move on.

DontmindifIdo Sun 28-Apr-13 17:27:04

oh go out and tell them not to play on your drive. If they are only 5/6, don't be shy, they will be mortified about a grown up telling them off, just pop your head out the door and say "Don't play on my drive please." So what if the mother does come round shouty, just say, you weren't rude, you just didn't want them to play on your drive and can she tell them not to do it again in the future.

UnChartered Sun 28-Apr-13 17:27:27

I'd tell them to move on too

can you breathe lots of smoke out of you nostrils while doing it like a dragon grin

ChasingSquirrels Sun 28-Apr-13 17:28:08

They are 5/6, how good with you kids do you need to be.
Go out, tell them they aren't to play on your drive - job done.

Essexgirlupnorth Sun 28-Apr-13 17:31:58

A child picked a sunflower from my garden I was not impressed. We have gates so could shut them but doesn't seem to be a problem now.
What annoys me more is the older children/teenagers that build ramps for their scooters/bikes/skateboards in the middle of the road then take ages to move them when a car comes round the corner. Not a busy road but where they play is a blind bend so surprised one of them hasn't been run over yet.

MissFredi Sun 28-Apr-13 17:32:08

You have a point. At least if she comes round then I can explain to her that I don't want to get smoke on them.

And I love the dragon idea grin

I have to go to work now anyways so considering I finish around 9 I should hope they're not out by then. Surely not that late sad

SirChenjin Sun 28-Apr-13 17:35:22

Just tell them not to play on your driveway - easy peasy. Honestly, they will just move on and won't give it a second thought.

missorinoco Sun 28-Apr-13 17:36:08

I agree with Dontmind. Just go out and tell them.

My oldest is 5, and on the way back from school I keep having to tell him he can't hide in someone else's driveway, even if it is just by the wall. I wonder at that age if they don't really get the concept of private property unless we spell it out. I wouldn't mind if you told my kids not to play on your driveway. I would be mortified they had done so.

PregnantPain Sun 28-Apr-13 18:05:16

The mother must know where her kids are. It is the height of rudeness to allow your children to play on other people's garden IMO.

NotDead Sun 28-Apr-13 18:46:03

Just be sinister! Go out, put on a horror film voice and ask 'if any of you nice liiiitle cheeeeeelddreeen would like some leeeeemonade.. if you can get a skull into the jug all the better!

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