You let your kids watch what?
It has been our family rule that my kids can’t play at homes where I don’t know the parents. My 8-year-old twin boys have begged me to let them play at the neighbor kids house. I have told them “no” for months. I see the neighbor kids mom on the playground. We have exchanged salutations. We are even involved in some of the same activities, i.e. soccer and scouting, but that is as far as our association goes.
Last Saturday, I gave in and told them they could play over there for an hour. I thought it was weird when they came home after only 30 minutes. I didn’t find out until bedtime why they came home early.
It wasn’t five minutes after I shut off their lights when they came downstairs crying. They said they couldnt sleep because they saw a scary movie at the neighbors. I did my best to comfort them. I told them they could sleep in my bed. I told them what they saw wasn’t real. I asked them if the mom knew what they were watching. They said she did (that’s questionable). I asked the boy who seemed less freaked out what the movie was about. He said it was about man-eating worms. Turns out, the movie was Tremors. Thanks for the sleepless night, Kevin Bacon!
The next morning they were fine and all was forgotten but I let my boys know that they weren’t going over there again. I told them I was sorry. This was my fault. I didn’t know the mom as well as I should have and obviously they have different rules at their house.
The one good thing that came out of this is now my boys appreciate and understand why we have some of the rules that we do.
I vacillated on whether to say something to the neighbor lady or not. I have to live in this neighborhood for a long time and I would just rather avoid strained relations.
What would you have done?