But parents…when you are sending your child to some body’s house….trust your gut. Listen to your instincts. Be quiet and let that little voice in your heart speak up. Often times that’s the only thing protecting your child from something wicked.
My son, who is eight, has a new friend, Robert. He’s a little guy with pretty eyes. Robert lives with his older brother and sister, his mom and Joe, his mom’s boyfriend and three dogs.
The first time I picked Robert up I tried to keep an open mind. But thehouse, which is a mile from any other home, was pretty rough.
I made arrangements to pick up Robert with Joe, the mom’s boyfriend. Joe was really young and tatted up, but seemed like a nice guy. He asked the right questions. “When will he be home” and “Will you feed him dinner”. The kid was lucky to have Joe, at least he was interested in the boy.
At some point during the afternoon, I asked little Robert what his mom did for a living and he said, “She mostly sleeps.” (red flag?)
As Robert was leaving, my son asked if he could give his new buddy some toys.
“Because Robert’s only toy is a big Freddy Kruger doll”. (He made a face that said,’pretty gross, right?’)
“Go get some toys and put them in a bag guys.” I was horrified.
The two boys came out of the room ten minutes latter with a bag full of Hot Wheels, a Nerf Gun, a plastic tank and a harmonica.
Robert gave my son a hug then said to me, “At Christmas I get toys and cool stuff from the church.”
“What church do you go to?”
“We don’t go to church, but they give us presents every Christmas. ”
Over the last three weeks Robert has come to our house four or five times. He plays, they have fun. He eats a lot and I’m working on his manners. I still haven’t talked to or seen his mom. I always make arrangements through Joe, “the mom’s boyfriend.”
Today we picked Robert again. Joe “the mom’s boyfriend,” asked if Justin, the older brother could come to our house too.
Justin hung out at our house with Robert for a few hours. During the day he told us his mom had lots of boyfriends but only Joe right now. And neither one of them had jobs. The ultimate red flag slapped me in the face. If folks don’t have jobs, what do they do during the day? How do they make money to pay for tattoos andFreddy Kruger dolls?
I have absolutely no proof that there is anything illegal going on. I have no reason to think they are doing anything wrong.
But I do.
So, I told my son he must not ask to spend time at their house because I’ll say no, every time. I don’t want him to embarrass the boys.
My gut tells me there is something weird going on in that house. Both the boys always, always ask if they can spend the night. They don’t want to go home. After almost a month, I still haven’t met the mom, only the mom’s boyfriend. But the boys tell me she is home all the time.
What should I do?
I know I have to keep helping the boys so I invite them over and try to teach them what I can. They like going to church with us. They like sitting down for dinner, playing board games and football. When I give them clothes that don’t fit my kid, they try them on and grin and say thank you.
What should I do? Trust my gut, and start talking to peole. The right people. As a parent the most important thing I have to do is take care of my kids and their friends, and their friends.