Wednesday Woe with Wanda Worstwagger: The Guest that Never Goes Home

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By Wanda Worstwagger
Advice columnist (sort of)
2/19/2014
 
 
 
 
 
 

Dear Wanda:

When a teenage child comes over to visit one of my sons is it my responsibility to take that child home, even if I haven’t been asked ahead of time? A child was dropped at my house at 7 am this morning. It is now 7:30 pm and said child has no plans for getting home. I have the sinking feeling that I will end up driving that child home. Not that I mind so much, although I’d rather not go back outside tonight, and I would like to be consulted. It possible that I could have had plans and not been available to take this child home.

Sincerly,

Unwilling Taxi

 

Dear Unwilling,

I think you need to have a serious talk with your children. As the householder (and possible taxi) you should always be included in the planning stages of the social visits of your offspring’s companions. Sit your child home and make sure that visits need to have a beginning and an ending – and both times must be set ahead of time. As must the transportation arrangements. You should be asked ahead of time if you are expected to transport a child home. It is up to YOUR child to make sure you are included in these arrangements, and if you are not included I suggest logical consequences. Such as no friends over until some basic courtesy is shown to you.

Sincerely,

Wanda

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