Really not sure what to say or do without upsetting anyone. Next door have a 4 year old D and 9 year old son. 4 year old daughter is the same age as my dd. Throughout the summer they all played together out in the street or our back garden which was lovely and they have made a great friendship particularly the girls. As the colder weather came they started to play inside the house which is fine with the girls as they have dolls, princesses school in common. However the 9 year old just sort of hangs around looking bored wondering around the house. I don't want to stop the girls playing together but having both of them over is becoming a chore and a pain. How do approach this when the girl comes to play but he is in tow without upseting him or the parents?
I'd just tell the parents he seems really bored and you think it would be better for him to be in his own house than mooching about yours. If he has to come so the other parents can go out perhaps install him in front of an engaging TV programme or computer game.
There is a reason why he is coming to yours - especially as he is a 9 year old boy and they are two little girls. My 9yo DS would relish a bit of peace and quiet! Can you spare him 15 minutes when he comes round and then find something he can do on his own?
Thanks for your replies. Not sure I really want my DD friends to come round to play then have to sit down with them individually and entertain them too. The girls go off and play but the brother seems to come along too. Just hoping he starts to realise it is boring coming to ours and playing with the girls and stops coming round too. I suppose it is my fault for having an open house for DD friends to play as I would rather she was in our house than our neighbours.