05 Jun
The Rude Boy Next Door

Dear Mouthy Housewives,

My neighbor’s 13 year old son is a rude little shit. Especially to his mother and especially in public. Would it be socially unacceptable of me to pull him aside and tell him that the other adults do not think his antics are funny, or charming, or impressive? I could toss in a threat or two. Something about that new peeps of his falling off if he doesn’t cut that shit out. What are your thoughts?

Thanks,

Trouble Next Door

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Dear Trouble Next Door,

Oh good grief. I really feel for you. No one wants to live next to a jerk. Especially a barely pubescent jerk.

Maybe you need to find that obnoxious kid a lovely, pretty girlfriend which could significantly improve his happiness and potentially turn him into a sweeter, kinder soul. But, of course, there is no guarantee that this will actually work and you may not be quite ready to start up your own eHarmony for Teens.   Although obviously, it could be a real internet money maker. In which case, I want in on it.   Since it was my idea.

You could, of course, have a talk with his mother. But do you really want to bother the poor woman who already has to live with that kid and his attitude every day of her life? I didn’t think so.

Just casually take him aside (as you suggested) and explain to him that you know he’s a great kid (minor white lie) but you are a bit offended by some of his antics.   When he acts out, give it to him straight.   Tell him, “That’s quite rude, you know.” Chances are he is playing to an audience and he may need to hear a negative review.

Don’t come off too strong or he’ll just stomp away in a rage. This boy is obviously dealing with some issues and just let him know that if he ever needs someone to talk to, you are around. Then resist the urge to go on a year long sabbatical to India.

I strongly advise not threatening him or mentioning his “peeps.” First of all you don’t want to be know as the weird witchy lady who casts evil spells on obnoxious teens in the neighborhood. And secondly, you don’t want to sink to his level. Instead, you should act as a role model. So this “rude little shit” can grow up to be a polite young man. Oh come on! It could happen.

Love,

Kelcey, TMH

6 Responses to “The Rude Boy Next Door”

06.05.09#1

Comment by dizzblnd.

I would just throw stuff at him every time he was behing a shithead. I wouldn’t let anyone see me do it though. After all, who is going to believe a bratty little shit over a level headed adult?

06.05.09#2

Comment by LISA5OF5.

The boy is a product of his environment. He is rude to his mom because she lets him get away with it. Maybe his dad is rude to her too and the kid is just following his example. You never know. Point is, his rudeness is only a symptom, not the disease.

I think I would go to the mom and ask her why she lets him treat her so badly. Point out that a boy who treats his mom like shit will very likely treat his future mate like shit too. Maybe it will make her think about what kind of man she’s raising. Maybe not. Ultimately, you are an outsider and you can’t fix it. HOWEVER, If this kid offends you with his behavior, don’t be afraid to say so. Loud and clear in language he can understand. A little humility might be just what the doctor ordered.

06.05.09#3

Comment by wa.

There’s also nothing wrong with having a military school send a few brochures to his house.

06.05.09#4

Comment by Akilah Sakai.

And this is why I’m in the market for child-safe tasers. You can give them a little zinger without truly harming them and getting thrown in jail.

06.07.09#5

Comment by Pseudo.

I’ve got a sassy 16 year old over here when you are done practicing on the 13 year old.

06.07.09#6

Comment by Pseudo.

Excuse me. I meant I have a rude little shit.

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