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Subject: How do you handle interuptions?
Date Posted: 8/27/2007 5:56 PM ET
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I ignore the phone..

but what about this one?

A neighbor kid came over and wanted my girls to play. megan told him they would come by when she was done with her work. Probably 20 minutes or so later, he was back.

I'm thinking of putting a sign on the door "School in Session"or something like that.

Date Posted: 8/27/2007 6:16 PM ET
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I think I'd be calling his mom.  But out of curiosity, why wasn't he in some sort of school himself?

Date Posted: 8/27/2007 6:26 PM ET
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I don't think WA kids start until another week but I could be wrong.  I would put a sign on the door to not disturb.


Date Posted: 8/27/2007 6:32 PM ET
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Chances are, the kid would ignore the sign, although I do like your idea. Kids have short attention spans. 20 minutes probably felt like long enough to him. I would give a definitive time that my daughter would come and get the friend.

I wouldn't worry too much about it. School, if it hasn't started already, will be in session soon, and you won't have that problem until June. :)

Date Posted: 8/27/2007 6:33 PM ET
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Gretchen is right, public school starts next week here.

This kid is going to be moving in next door to us. Right now he is staying at his grandmas one street over, who is a friend of mine from way back when Megan was little. I will mention it to her, I really don't know his mom that well. Although his Dad is doing some work with my hubby.

I don't think he meant any harm, he just wanted to play. i am just going to have to set some ground rules:)

Date Posted: 8/27/2007 7:03 PM ET
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My son's friends live right next door.  We've run into that occasionally, also on chore day.  My son can't play until his chores are done.  I always explain that we are in the middle of __________ and I will send my son over when he can play.  From the 7 year old I always get how long will that be?  I pour on extra smiles and patience and try to be kind.  I always estimate longer than I think and am prepared for him to be over before that.  As long as their not rude, but just excited, I let it go.  HTH

Date Posted: 8/27/2007 7:29 PM ET
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We had a neighbor girl who always interupted last year.  She was in 1/2 day Kdg.  We ended up putting a two-sided sign up in the sliding door (walkout basement by our desks - looks right into their yard).  My son said she couldn't read, so I put a big Stop sign graphic on one side and a Go sign on the other.  I printed it off, put it in a sheet protector, and added a magnet strip.  Then I put the other magnet on the door.  It solved the problem right away.  It was helpful for the older kids, too, as DS wasn't always done w/ lessons when they'd get off the bus and come knocking.

I just did a Google image search for the graphics.


Date Posted: 8/27/2007 9:52 PM ET
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We don't really have a problem here, but at our last house it got to be such a problem that we came up with a "door rule."  If the garage door was closed, then that meant that Derek was either busy with schoolwork or chores and couldn't play.  As soon as he was done for the day and free to play, he'd run out to the garage and pop open the door.  We've also done the same thing with the front door. 

 Luckily our neighbors were visual learners.....LOL!

Date Posted: 8/28/2007 3:24 PM ET
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I'm sorta with you on not answering the phone.  Especially with caller ID, it makes it easier.  If it's REALLY important (an expected return call) I will take it and have the boys take a school break ("recess" LOL) and then get back to work.  Perhaps you could simply do the same with answering the doorbell....if you're doing school, don't answer the bell.  He will leave when no one answers the door.  Then when you're done (and especially if you know it was him) go outside to play and/or send her over to play.

Date Posted: 8/29/2007 11:59 AM ET
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I live so far out in the country I don't have that problem. UPS and the post man are the only people that show up here. I keep a note on my door that says    " Sleeping " !  All my friends and family know to call me after 3 pm or before 8am. His friends know not to call untill after 3 pm.