A weird parent across the street...

United States
February 16, 2007 8:27pm CST
My son is six years old. He often asks to go to new friends' houses, but I won't allow him to go unless I meet their parents and actually go to their homes to see if I think he'll be safe. This isn't unreasonable, is it? I don't think so. Anyway, my son came home one day last year and asked to go to a boy's house who lived across the street. I told him that he couldn't go because I didn't know his mom. So my son proceeds to tell me the kid's mother's name, etc. and I told him that I still didn't know her. He became upset and asked me why I wasn't so mean. I told him that I wasn't being mean, but some people do bad things that kids shouldn't be around, like drugs, etc. I wasn't saying that this boy's mom did drugs, but evidently he misunderstood and told the boy that I said his mom did drugs. Imagine my surprise when the woman came over here accusing me of calling her a drug addict!! What an idiot! I don't even know her, so why would I say such a thing. It gets really uncomfortable being ignored and given dirty looks everytime our paths cross when we pick our kids up from school. I tried explaining, but she still thinks I said it. What should I do? Nothing, probably, huh?
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4 responses
@XxAngelxX (2832)
• Canada
17 Feb 07
If you tried to explain it and she still thinks you said it, there's probably nothing you can do about it. She should realize though, being a mother herself, sometimes children misunderstand things and get things twisted all out of proportion. It would make for a very awkward situation when you are picking up your children, hopefully she'll soon come around and realize it was all a misunderstanding.
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• United States
17 Feb 07
Thanks for your comment. This happened last year, so I'm sure that if she was going to come around that she would have by now. Sometimes I tell myself, "who cares," but deep down I feel badly abou the whole situation. What a moron she is, though!
@ronita34 (3923)
• Canada
17 Feb 07
Maybe just try to explain this to her one more time and tell her that you are truly sorry that your son interpreted this wrong. If she is still upset with you just ignore her and if need be then return a bit of the attitude as this may also help her to realize her own stupidity! Good luck with this and you are absolutely in the right to want to get to know the parents before your son goes over!
• United States
17 Feb 07
Thanks for your comment. I am not going to keep begging this moron to believe me, because it may make me appear guilty, you know? It's a good idea, though, but she's not approachable. I can feel the tension from across the street!
@Justme2007 (1848)
• United States
6 Mar 07
Me always writing I would try to write her a not explaining what happened and whatreally happened I mean she can read it or not but at least you have tried different ways to tell her. If she still is acting silly forget and move on.
• Canada
6 Mar 07
WOW that is exactally why u really need to watch ur wording around children expecially ur own LOL but this lady sounds unreasonable because if my six yr old told me that the first thing that would have came to me head is the lady doesn't know nothing about me and has no reason to judge me and these kids must have mistaken the mother instinct the mother was having at the time.....happens all the time u tryed to explain and she still didnt take it well i wouldnt worry to much about it myself.....