Hey everyone, this is Jocelyn - Erin & I run the website Make Her Up.
I'm a 33-year-old, married, mother of two boys, ages 10 & 8 (those aren't my boys above ). I live outside of Portland, Oregon, and thank the Lord I see blue sky today! :)
I want your advice!
My 10-year-old son is a quiet, sensitive boy. He has many friends at school, but he's really shy, so he doesn't make best friends all that easy.
His "best friend" is a boy I CANNOT stand! We've had him to our home many, many, times - and he is unbelievably disrespectful. He asks for things he shouldn't (when we say no - he asks "why not!"), he talks back to my husband and I, he whispers under his breath about us to our son, and is an all around punk. When my son spends the night at his home - he comes home a different boy. He adopts the way this boy talks, and acts, and it takes us a good 24 hours to get our son back!
I recently cut out sleepovers at his friends house. Told him if he wants to do a sleepover, it has to be at our house, so I can monitor (I'm not sure his friend's parents monitor anything).
It's getting to the point where I don't even want this boy at our house. He's rude and disrespectful, and I don't want Cam being friends with him!
But here's the tricky part... my son is so sad about it. He says this kid is his "best friend" and he gets so upset anytime I say they can't hang out. I don't want to hurt my son's spirit - and take away his "best friend"...but this kid is so challenging for me!
So what do you do when you don't like your child's best friend?