So, we moved into this new neighborhood and everything is going great. My kids love the new school, especially knowing they won't have to move again for a long time. My wife doesn't mind the commute, having picked the house. And I get to stroll a cemetery from time to time, taking in the view and coming up with inspiration for the next horror novel. Not to mention the new office, which is very nice.
But there's a hitch. My son brought home some of the neighbor kids to play some video games together. The two kids in question just got off grounding at home, have 11 brothers and sisters and seem to never be watched. They said their screen name in Xbox Live is JesusChristXxx and another name they couldn't repeat in front of adults. Do I want my kids hanging out with these two? Oh, and they are both four years older than my son, who is only ten.
Do I say they can't hang out, only to ostracize him from the neighbors, or do I invite the kids over and watch them like a hawk? Would you let them be, just allowing them to do their own thing?
Good questions without concrete answers, I think. I'm not sure if I am making a bigger deal out of this than I should, or if this is something I should be watching out for.