Okay, so my 12 year-old son has this friend who has been developmentally delayed. This boy's lights aren't always on, if you know what I mean, and sometimes we even wonder about his elevator going all the way to the top. Not trying to be rude, but there's no other way of saying it and it really isn't the child I have a problem with. It's his mother! I need to explain that my 12 year-old has always been attracted to the "odd" one in the bunch because he has such a big heart and wants the underdog to have a chance. He always takes the underdog under his wing and acts like a mother duck. It doesn't matter whether it be a person or animal, that's just the way he is. Sweet boy! Anyways, he has been friends with the aforementioned for 5 years now and always seems to take abuse from this boy, be it verbal or physical, and yet keeps his head held high and does what this boy wants ALL of the time! Several years back, I had to even pull this child off of my son while he was in Lord of the Rings mode and pretending he was Smeagal, choking my son! After that happened, I haven't trusted my son alone with the boy, which I'm sure you all understand why. Anyways, his mother seems to think that my son is the only social interaction that her son gets (wonder why ) and calls me frequently for the two to play. She has called me recently to set up a play date for them. Well, we set today as the day and she asks, "So, when should I bring Tim over?" I am the only one who finds it strange when people invite themselves or their child over? It happens all the time so I should be used to it. They even do the, "We are coming for dinner so Tim can play. What time should we be there?" Back to today, sorry! I understood that he'd only be here for the afternoon and then go home. How about his mom has dropped him off and won't be back until 10:00 tonight!!! So much for going to bed early, which I so had wanted to do. I guess where my real problem lies here, is that this boys mom will call every once in awhile and say things like, "We might like to have Kameron over for a science project we are doing (we both homeschool), if he will behave." WHAT?!?! Kameron (my son) does not have a problem behaving. I'm not merrily saying that because he's my son, it really is true. He's a good boy and will do anything you ask him to. Then her son comes over here and does nothing but complain, beats up on my kids, is rude, doesn't like the food, etc... Holy mackerel! I don't know what in the world she's thinking! She's also the one that told me that my chickens were nasty, if anyone remembers that post from last summer. That also has flown all over me, beings I can't go into her house for 5 minutes without being plastered in dog hair. Just a little bit ago Kameron asked him if he'd like to watch the Karate Kid. Tim looked at Kameron and said, "I tried karate once and it didn't work out to well." Kameron then had to explain that he didn't want to do karate with Tim, but that he wanted to watch the movie Karate Kid with him. Tim looked at him and said, "Nope. I don't like karate because I can't do it and I don't want to watch the movie." Kameron in his last attempt to sway Tim to watch this movie explained that it was about much more than karate and that he thought Tim would really like it. Raising his voice, Tim looked at Kameron and yelled, "NO! I don't want to watch that stupid movie. I'm sorry but we are NOT watching it." Sheesh! Who's house is he at anyways?!?! As a good host should do, Kameron said okay. Sometimes I just feel so bad for Kameron. This boy can slap him and he'd just say, "It's okay." That's happened more than you know. Sorry... I just had to vent. Maybe I can pull myself together now, without loosing it, and go finish cooking dinner. He's already announced to me that he doesn't like what I'm fixing. He prefers "healthy" food like steak and potatoes. Boy that child wouldn't survive in my house long!