He Allowed His Son To Stop Playing With A New Kid In The Neighborhood But Then The Mom Came Knocking on Their Door

A father of two boys recently wondered if he was wrong for how he dealt with a situation involving his youngest son and a new kid in the community. The kid’s mom felt he was biased, but here’s what he had to say.

He and His Son’s Bonding Ritual

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The man and his six-year-old son, Sam, enjoyed some special time together every Saturday. They would go on what they called a “dude walk.” During this walk, they searched for spiders, dug in the mud, and stopped at a park in their neighborhood. Many other parents in the area also gathered there.

New Neighbors Arrived

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A new family moved into their neighborhood. The mom of this family had two boys, Kyle (13) and Aiden (7). Now, being friendly, the man told her about the Saturday morning park group. He thought it could be a good way for her to meet other parents in the area.

They Met Aiden

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When the new family came to the park, one of the boys, named Aiden, stood out. He seemed different from the other kids. He made loud noises, hit things, and got very close to the other children. His mom constantly corrected his behavior, but he was just hyperactive.

His Son Didn’t Want to Play With Aiden

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“One Saturday Aiden was having an especially tough day. I called Sam over for a snack. He said, “I don’t want to play with Aiden, can we go home?” So we left,” the dad explained.

He Had a Chat with Aiden’s Mom

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Afterward, Aiden’s mom spoke to him. She explained that he should have talked to Sam about Aiden’s special needs instead of excluding Aiden. The man agreed with her, so he spoke to Sam about understanding and including Aiden.

They Played Together

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The following week, the boys played together at the park. But Aiden’s loudness made Sam uncomfortable. Aiden asked Sam to play, but Sam said no. To bridge the gap, the man’s wife invited Aiden and his mom to their house. Things went well, except for when Aiden had a “meltdown.”

The Trouble at the Park

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Another time at the park, Aiden accidentally broke Sam’s favorite toy. Sam became really upset and called Aiden a ‘mean little boy.’ After these incidents, the man decided to change their park time to the afternoons. This way, they could avoid running into Aiden and his mom. Other parents noticed the change and started joining them.

Aiden’s Mom Reacted

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Later on, Aiden’s mom wrote a heartfelt letter to him. “She felt I had not done enough to discourage Sam from ostracizing Aiden and that my “pull” in the neighborhood was influencing others to avoid her son now too,” he said.

Was He Right to Defend His Son?

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He explained that Sam did try his best, but he also needed his own space from Aiden sometimes. Even his older son didn’t connect well with the new boys in the neighborhood. He decided he wouldn’t force Sam to play with Aiden but would remain friendly to everyone in the community.

People Online Responded

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One user wrote, “Your job is to make sure your kid treats Aiden with respect, not to force him to be Aiden’s friend. You did just fine.”

Another said, “Everyone should be polite, but everyone gets to pick their own friends. And destroying another kid’s toys is mean.”

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