11 Oct
The So-Called Friend and Neighbor

Dear Mouthy Housewives,

How do you dump a so-called friend, who happens to live across the street, and who has shown signs of being a bit of a stalker for a few years now? Her child and my child are friends and I do not want to involve the children.

Signed,

Won’t You Stop Being My Neighbor?
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Dear Won’t You Stop Being My Neighbor,

Why do I get the feeling you are leaving out some really juicy details? Did you start out fast friends, and she started getting on your nerves? Is she actually watching your every move and popping up out of the bushes every time you open your front door? Is she passing off your signature recipe as her own at the annual block party? Or has she cut her hair to look like yours and sneaked into your bedroom at night and pretended to you be you while snuggling up to your husband?

I’m going to have to assume that whatever this woman is doing that you qualify as “stalker” behavior is more along the lines of a Real Housewives-esque situation of wanting to “wear you like last year’s Versace.” After all, if she was truly a threat to you or your family, you probably wouldn’t want your kid staying friends with her kid, right?

So, my advice is to make like an ice cube and chill. If your kids are young, and you still need to be involved in arranging play dates, be cordial, but maybe a little frosty. Don’t make plans that involve just the two of you hanging out together. I don’t think there’s a way to full-on “dump” this woman without it affecting your kids’ friendship. On the other hand, you could always move.

Good luck,

Karen, TMH

3 Responses to “The So-Called Friend and Neighbor”

10.11.12#1

Comment by Aceta.

Oh man, I have a 5-month-old in a new house and just realized last week that my across the street neighbor just had a baby! Because I don’t have much of a life…just sit around the house playin with my baby. So everyone who drives up and down our street probably thinks I’m a stalker, cause I know all their comings and goings. I don’t mean to! I just am caged up with a baby. And I thought about taking a casserole over to the girl who has a newborn, but what if she thinks I’m a creep for knowing she has a baby all of the sudden? Ugh.

1. Glad you made a friend. 2. “Stalker” behavior might also mean she just doesn’t have enough goin on…and she lives right next to you. It’s not her fault your life is so interesting!

02.25.13#2

Comment by Never Seek Revenge When Someone Has The Flu | The Mouthy Housewives.

[…] In a word, “NO.” Do not go over to her house while her kids are inside suffering from the flu and scream “I told you so!” Your impulse to immediately rub her face in her mistake is an understandable one, but it’s just not something we do in polite society. Turn the other cheek, take the high road, don’t stick your tongue out at the cop who didn’t see you run that red light, blah blah blah. We need to act like grown-ups and get along with our neighbors. […]

07.05.13#3

Comment by How Do I Tell My Friend I Don't Want Her Kid Around? | The Mouthy Housewives.

[…] it was nice and easy for you and nice and convenient for your friend when your boys were friends and enjoyed hanging out together. But then those darn kids had to […]

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