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Daily Dilemma - Her Son Has Cooties!

Hi Kelly,

I have an awkward situation with a neighbor and I need some advice. A new gal moved into the area and I immediately connected with her because her son and my son are both 2 and 1/2. We started having regular play dates but then I realized that her son is always sick. At least once a month he's getting some sort of cootie and then passing it on to my son. Now, in order to keep my child healthy, I want to get out of our weekly play date. How in the world can I do that without offending her.


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Dear T.L.,

I don't think it's possible to get out of your weekly play date without offending the other mom. Reason being, even if you lied and said your son was going to start preschool she'd know that he'd only be going a few hours a day for a few days a week- leaving plenty of time for play dates. Therefore, to get out of it, you'll have to be blatant and tell her you want to avoid her son's cooties. My opinion is to continue with the play dates but ask her to call you when her son isn't feeling well so you can avoid bringing the germs back to your house. If she gets offended by that then that's her problem. Personally, I think it was horribly rude of her to not warn you of her son's illnesses in the first place.

Take care,

Kelly McKay

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