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  •  Uh, maybe next time ask the kid why he's there? (2+ / 0-)
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    karateexplosions, Neon Mama

    .... maybe his parents or siblings beat on him or something and he's hiding for a legitimate reason.

    •  The First Couple Times (0+ / 0-)

      I did ask him what he was doing.

      He said he wasn't doing anything.  He was just "hanging out".  At my house, with nobody home.

      Another time, I caught him in my yard and said something to the effect of, "What do you think you're doing here again?  I told you to stay off this property"  Which received the very-cute out-of-the-mouths-of-babes reply, "What are you gonna do about it?"

      We live in a subdivision where his house (across the street and three doors down) is within plain sight of our house.  If he was hiding from abusive parents, he choose a very poor hiding spot.  I only ever saw him hiding twice.  Once was the time he was in the bushes under the kids' window.  He would have been visible to anyone at his house from that location (even though it was dark, there is a street light and several garden lights that partially illuminate the front of our house).  

      The other time I noticed him hiding was the first time I realized that he was sneaking over to our house.  He was hiding behind a sign post across the street from our house.  He was still visible behind the sign post, but he was clearly hiding from ME, not his parents.

      All that being said, there's no doubt that his parents are assholes.

      You can have your "Under God" back when I get my "Liberty and Justice For All" back.

      by karateexplosions on Thu Jun 05, 2008 at 07:26:58 AM PDT

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      •  And Since I'm Really Exposing My Assholiness Now (0+ / 0-)

        I might as well mention that my reply to the "What are you going to do about it?" was, "Why don't you stay and find out?" (I intended to call the police, but he was free to draw his own conclusions).  He left anyway.

        I would also like to add in my defense that we have 4 children, and we often have the kids' friends over at our house.  There are days I come home from work and there are like 8-10 kids in our (fairly small) house.  And I am nice to them -- it's not that I dislike kids.  I like kids.  I just don't like kids that act suspicious and hang around my house at night and when nobody's home.

        You can have your "Under God" back when I get my "Liberty and Justice For All" back.

        by karateexplosions on Thu Jun 05, 2008 at 07:35:37 AM PDT

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        •  No, it's perfectly legit to not want strangers in (2+ / 0-)
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          ... your shrubbery.  I'm just wondering why this kid seems to be excluded from the neighborhood play group, maybe he's just trying to figure out how to get to be more social like regular kids but has no idea how because his parents taught him to be furtive when he needs something.

          •  He's Not Excluded (2+ / 0-)
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            isabel, Neon Mama

            Our kids aren't allowed around him now, but he still has neighborhood friends.  

            The troubles start either on days when the rest of the neighborhood kids are at school (and why isn't he?  I don't know) or at night after all the other kids are at home (and why isn't he?  I don't know).

            His parents clearly don't pay enough attention to him, that much is certain.  If they did, he would be in school on school days and at home after dark on school nights.  And they have shown themselves to be prime assholes when they came to my house.  So his situation probably sucks.  

            But I'm not a child psychologist, either.  If he needs help, maybe he'll get it the next time I catch him hiding in my bushes and I call the police.  I might add that when I was a kid, if someone was stalking around in the bushes under my window or my sister's window, they probably would have gotten themselves shot.

            You can have your "Under God" back when I get my "Liberty and Justice For All" back.

            by karateexplosions on Thu Jun 05, 2008 at 07:55:45 AM PDT

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            •  Call the school and ask to talk to a teacher (1+ / 0-)
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     one of your kid's teachers, and ask for advice. There may be a pattern forming, and the school might know what's going on but they can't say, but they need collaborating evidence. They could start some sort of action on the child's behalf, if he's cutting school and being left to roam the neighborhood.  This is starting to sound pretty weird, the parents could be whacked out on drugs, too.

      •  Well, of course they say "nothing" when you ask (0+ / 0-)

        ... them, if they don't know why they are doing something.  Is he locked out of his house ?  

        People really vary in being able to spot things out of place.  He probably doesn't have the ability to know that he's being obvious. But this sort of behavior is setting off red flags. He's obviously bored, or is seeing what sort of boundaries other people set, or he's curious to see what is going on.  If you have a child old enough to comprehend, ask your kid to talk to him and ask what's going on.  It could be as simple as he's been watching too many video games or television shows, or much more complex.  Maybe the kid is lonely and need allies.  

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