Why I’m NEVER Having Kids

Why I’m NEVER Having Kids #68: Dealing w/Other Kids’ Parents Can Be a Hassle

July 18, 2008 · No Comments

Above: A little league coach gets thrown out of a game, causing a brawl to escalate on the field between all the parents.

The hassles that come with having kids aren’t always kid-related; sometimes, it’s the having to deal with the parents they’re related to that becomes an even BIGGER hassle.

Parents have to be protective of their kids.  After all, the little tykes don’t have the complete mental capacity to always make decisions that are the safest for them.  Unfortunately, the level of child protectiveness a person feels is necessary varies from parent to parent.

All of this is well and good when a person is dealing with their own child.  Throw another person’s child into the mix, however, and things can suddenly start to go hay-wire!

Why? Because when you interact with other people’s children, you are also interacting with a set of parents whose child-raising views, opinions and methods are different from yours.  And when their parenting methods are ones that don’t match with yours, the consequences of dealing with these people can be catastrophic!

For example: you have a kid named Johnny, who has a school chum named Iko.  Iko wants to come over to your house after school to play with Johnny.  After talking to the parents, they agree to allow Iko to go over.  However, they instruct you not to feed Iko any bread because he’s allergic to it, and you tell them it won’t be a problem.  So far, so good, right?

But then: Iko comes over to the house to play with Johnny, and when you leave the room for 5 minutes to go to the bathroom, Iko slips into the kitchen to make himself a Peanut-Butter and Jelly sandwich, which, of course, consist of peanut butter, jelly… and BREAD!! He eats the sandwich before you get back from the bathroom, and, since Iko put all the evidence of sandwich-making away, you don’t notice anything.

10 mintues later, you look over at Johnny and Iko, and notice that Iko is breaking out in bumps on his face.  He’s also staring to cough a lot.  You call Iko’s parents and tell them what’s going on, only to hear from his Mom that the symptons are the result of him eating bread.  Before you can defend yourself, Iko’s parents start going off:

“How DARE you feed our kid bread!  We TOLD you he was allergic to it!! Why are you trying to harm our child!!  I should have KNOWN you couldn’t be trusted – your son always LOOKED like he was a bad influence!!” 

Next thing you know, the both of you are yelling back and forth on the phone, threatening to call the police on the other one for being rude and inconsiderate – all this, while Iko is still coughing his brains out!!

Think this scenario is too far-fetched? HA! This is just an example of a MINOR incident that could occur!  I’ve seen parents fight with other parents over many stupid things, including:

  • Which person’s kid is smarter than the other
  • Aruging over who’s kid is getting more playtime in (name of various sports)
  • Whose kid gets to be first in line for something
  • The last of a popular Christmas toy on the shelf at a Toy Store
  • Which kid REALLY got the biggest half of cake
  • Whose kid did more work on a school project
  • Which kid deserves a better scholarship deal/college placement
  • Whose kid is taller. Yes, you read that correctly!

The fact is, since most parents see their child as the end-all, be-all savior of the future, any other parent that comes along with their own kid is a threat to that ideal.  And personally, I can live without the hassle of other parents meddling in my life!!

-A.P. Taylor

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