Ding Dong Ditch
December 14, 2007 9:04pm CST
Last weekend my 11 year old son and his friends went ding dong ditching at around 10:30 at night. For those that don't know what ding dong ditch is, it's when you ring the doorbell and run. Anyway, I get a call at around 11pm that evening from a woman that lives around the corner from me. (We live in a deed restricted community and she got my phone number from the resident directory.)She told me that my son and his friends were going around to peoples houses and ringing their bells and hiding in the bushes. She told me that another neighbor was going to call the sheriff on them but that she told him not to that she would call and talk to the parents. She then when on to say that she did not think that what they did was cute and that they should be at home reading a book instead of annoying the neighbors. My son was home when she called so I had a talk with him. Told him it was wrong and that he should not do that anymore or next time he will be punished. Now, my husband felt that the neighbors were making to much of a big deal, that they are only kids and that he used to do it when he was a kid. He said he wouldn't care if my son threw a rock at her window, he would not punish him. Well, what he said really pissed me off. He was condoning his behavior and to say that he could throw a rock at someones window and he wont punish him is not being a good role model or parent for that matter. What do you all think? Do you think the neighbors were making to much of a big deal or do you think they were right in being angry?
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15 Dec 07
Why do you let your 11 yr old run around outside at 10:30 pm? Do you realise that 95% of the time that kids get into trouble its after dark. An eleven year old boy should be home in bed at 10:pm. Studies show that children learn better after a good night's sleep. So your husband did the Ding Dong Ditch too? Does this make it right? Your neighbor did you a good service by calling you instead of the Sheriff, but it might have been better if she had called the sheriff. Your husband sounds unstable. Does he have a criminal record? You owe your neighbors an apology for the trouble caused. This kind of prank could well lead up to something much worse.
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15 Dec 07
First of all, I did not ask anyones advice on whether or not I should let my kids run around late at night. I asked if my neighbors were making a big deal of the matter. Second, my husband does not have a criminal record not that it's any of your business. Third, I did apologize to the lady that complained.