When You Can't Stand Your Kid's Friend's Parents (page 2)

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Updated on May 21, 2013

Safety Concerns

There's a big difference between a parent you find annoying and a home where you're not comfortable leaving your child.

Listen to your intuition if it's telling you the home of a child's friend isn't safe, Henderson says. You don't have to let your child spend time at her friend's house if you feel uncomfortable there.

Cheryl Butler, who goes by the name Mighty Mommy on the website Quick and Dirty Tips, says one of her sons was once friends with a boy whose single father didn't lock his hunting rifles.

"Two teenage boys and guns floating around the house did not make for a good outcome," Butler says in an email. "When my husband and I asked the boy’s father about this situation, he didn’t deny it, and told us it was his business as to how he stored things in his house. Let’s just say that was our signal that our son would never, ever be hanging out with that child in his house regardless of whether the father was home or not."

You can't choose the parents of your child's friends. But there's no reason to limit your child's friendships because you don't enjoy the family one of these friends comes from. Being firm and polite with adults you don't like is good for your child's social life – and your mental health.  

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