We entertained our close friends today who came from out of town, and this is the second visit I noticed that our children (4 & 4.5yo) don't get along.
While they both have the same energy levels & interests, my friends LO will deliberately seek out behaviors which will upset my child, and then in return DS will act out back, or the other way around will happen. I try to gauge DS in reminding him how we act around others, getting down to his level., and my friend will do the same with her child. Sadly, more often than not ,we are putting out fires when the kids interact.
How do you cope in a situation like this, without damaging a friendship? I can't help but think to limit the kids time together by going out to lunch, not in close quarters and/or just parents go out. Wdyt?