HappyLady Posted August 5, 2012 Share Posted August 5, 2012 My sister's kids, ages 16, 12 and 7, often come over to our house. They're pretty good about playing with my kids who are 4.5 and 1.5 despite their age differences. We very rarely go to my sister's house, but today my DH went there with our DD because my 16 year old nephew had bought the components to build a computer and wanted my DH to help him. My DD was so excited to go there because she just loves her cousins. My DH and DD just got home and my DH was upset because the whole time they were over at my sister's (about 3 hours) no one played with our DD. She kept begging them all, but the 16 year old was busy with my DH (understandable), my niece the 12 year old just sat in her room watching TV and my 7 year old nephew played video games that my DH really didn't want our DD watching, but he kind of had no choice. My little nephew has always been allowed to play games he shouldn't (like, rated for aged 17 and up) so he'll do these things at his house while my DD is there, but we don't allow this in our home. My sister doesn't really keep her little one from doing these things in front of our DD even though she knows how we feel. That's a whole other post right there. :glare: Anyway, if the situation were reversed and we had the older kids, my DH and I would make sure our children played with their little cousins. Or are we just clueless about what kids these ages are like and when ours are older we'll understand you just can't make them play with younger kids? Also, my DH spent 3 hours building this computer for my nephew and even gave him a monitor worth $250 and my DH said he barely got a thank you for it. Again, our kids (in our inexperienced minds) would be more grateful and show it and would do a little something for their uncle for doing all that. What do you think? Are kids those ages just like that where they don't want to play with younger kids and aren't as grateful as they should be or should they have more manners and play with their little cousin and show more appreciation to their uncle? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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