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How to Avoid Unwanted Playdates

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Last night I was out having drinks with a mom friend who posed a difficult situation to me. She said she felt almost bullied by the mother of a boy who wants to spend time with her son. She has tried to avoid the often requested playdate due to the other boy's tendency to punch her son. The mother continues to request they get together.

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Yeah, I get it. No one wants their kid punched.

My friend had a positive attitude and told me that she was sure the other boy would soon outgrow his inability to keep his hands to himself, but in the meantime, it wasn't something she wanted to supervise at her house. That wasn’t a message she felt comfortable delivering to this kid's mom, however.

So how do you escape an invitation from a child you don’t want to spend time with? Do you go the avoidance route with "This week is not going to work out for us," time after time? Or, do you brave the confrontation and tell the mom that your child isn't interested in risking bodily harm? Do you have any inventive excuses?

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sight family obligations, illness of sibling, homework project, lent, whatever.  it doesn't stop when your kids get older.  my 13 year old (ahhh! how did that happen), has a "friend" that is a back-stabber.  finally, my daughter had enough, and about a month ago told the girl she was done w/ their "friendship".  last week the mom called me to see if she could take the girls to a movie.  i was not expecting a mom to call for teen, but i said we had a lot going on and i would call when our calendar was more free.  it won't ever be "free".  this mom has so much on her plate right now, that i won't add to it by telling her that her kid is too much to deal with.  but my kid won't be a victim either.  "sorry, busy".
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