I have four kids between the ages of two and ten. Each one of them is a little ball of energy and fire that needs to be released, preferably not inside. Luckily this apartment complex has a great playground in the middle. The only problem is this: There are so many kids who live here that never have ANY supervision that I can't let my kids go play at the playground unless I go along. (Let me clarify something. The 2 year old does not go anywhere without an adult.) When we first moved in, I would let the three big kids go over to play. I gave the oldest a watch, and they had to stay together, not talk to strangers, not go into any apartment but ours, and check in every 15 minutes. After a few complaints from my kids about bullies and foul language, I started going down there with them. I NEVER saw another parent at the playground. The kids were fighting, bullying, and two boys the same age as my oldest had the dirtiest vocabulary I have ever heard. They say things I would be mortified to hear my husband say, much less my nine year old son.
In short, I can't even allow my kids to play outside so I can get a little housework done. I have to go along with them and regulate behaviors so they can play in a fun, safe environment. I'm feared by most, and hated by all, but the kids know when I am there to be respectful because I know where they all live, and I'm not afraid to go talk to their parents. I look forward to having our own fenced in yard where our kids can play and run and not have to worry. Until then, I will stand up and be the b!+c# of the playground.