I like to take any opportunity I can to snoop. I like to check you out, give you the once-over, peer inside your house and take in all I can see from where I stand. I assess, discern, listen to my gut and then create an opinion about you all within a few seconds. I may be completely wrong, but can only hope that I’m not.
This is how I see it. You – another parent, get my kid; for a play date, overnight, birthday party, trip to the zoo….I get to snoop. It’s my job to create a quick opinion of you. As it is yours to create one of me. We size each other up while making small talk long enough to sniff out any crazy. That is our parental responsibility.
No, I will never be that mother who drops my 14 year old daughter off at her new boy friend’s house without checking to see if you’re home. Nor when I come to pick her up will I text from the driveway to tell her I’m outside waiting in the car! Nope, not me – I will get out of my car, ring the doorbell exchange pleasantries and check you out some more.
I will always open my door and welcome you in, hey I’ll even put the kettle on to make us a cup of tea. Please take this chance to check me out for the sake of your kids. For though I may appear a little wacky at best, I actually think I’m one of the good parents; friendly, kind, with a touch of messy. I’ll try to make your kid laugh, feel safe, and have an all round pleasant experience in my company. But please, judge me as you will, take me or leave me. But you will have to get out of your car and knock on my door, because I’ll be knocking on yours.