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May 19, 2007


Lupe Tucker

Hi Laureen - I enjoyed your post and appreciate what you came away with. It's very challenging when we meet people like the lady you wrote about, and I think you handled it very well. Just reading it made my blood boil!!

I think its important to have the attitude that not all children are the same. Maybe her kids or grandkids are uncontrollable and freak out at any given moment- so therefore she thinks that all other young boys are the same. If we teach our children to behave, establish good rules and are confident in our own abilities to judge each situation correctly, then we actually free ourselves from that kind of anxiety and control-freak nature! When we've gone sailing offshore, I have found myself constantly on the alert- okay paranoid- that one of my daughters will fall overboard. What I finally learned was that by realistically assessing the situation, preparing as much as possible and using common sense I could free myself from the anxiety and let my kids have a great time.


Great post.

Isn't it amazing how many people think they have the right to tell us how to raise our children?

And isn't it nice when someone takes the time to talk to our children?

Jenny-up the hill

Oh man! I have had this happen before and it's nuts! This is a great post and I appreciate you writing it!


I admire the way you handled yourself. I'm afraid I'd be tempted to push her in the water and see if she could float.

Sherry (Redbud)

I, too, enjoyed your thoughtful post. I'd have reacted in about the same way as you, but I'd have been seething inside. I think these people are desperately seeking attention. There's certainly something not quite balanced there.

How interesting that you experienced both ends of the spectrum in one day. I'm glad your son took it well, too. I'm assuming that's a sign of good parenting. ;-)


I know some parents who are over-protective, in a different way, of their own children and expect us to be the same way. But I understand the things in the mom's background that have made her this way, and I try to be agreeable while maintaining my own standards for my own children/teenagers. I think it's important to help my teenagers especially to understand and forgive even though it is sometimes implied that we are not protecting our children properly since we don't adhere to the same rules as this other (homeschool) family.

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