Being a parent is very challenging, especially as kids get older, wilder, and more social. You have to start worrying about who will be influencing them at an impressionable age. Many parents get a little overprotective in regards to their kid’s friends. But there’s overprotective and there’s cuckoo banana pants: this is a story about the latter condition.
There is a Reddit sub called r/insaneparents where people share examples of crazy parental oversight. Examples of helicopter parents get posted there mostly, and then everyone votes on whether or not the behavior is insane or reasonable. One anonymous woman is currently getting dragged after Reddit user u/bevyofbacon posted a screenshot of her Instagram story, titled, “She makes her son’s friends sign a contract before they sleep over.”
The screenshot clearly shows the woman’s extensive list of rules for her son’s sleepover parties. It is indeed a contract that attendees must sign in order to come over. If the break them, they won’t be welcome back in the house.
The rules themselves aren’t actually that crazy, though they are very formally stated. She writes:
Touching/tickling of other people will result in immediate physical separation that could remain in place until pick up time. This means we keep our hands to ourselves and off of each other.
Changing of clothes will be done independently and in private space with the individual not in company of anyone else. This means no nudity in front of anyone else, whatsoever.
Disruptions including excess volume of voice or electronics will result in suspension of such privileges. This means no shouting, interrupting or blasting the TV or iPad.
Complaining will not be tolerated. Constructive requests are encouraged in a calm, polite tone of voice. This means, you wait to have my attention and acknowledgement before you start speaking to me.
Basically, she wants the kids to not touch each other inappropriately, get naked, or keep her up all night by yelling and blasting the TV and making rude demands. The weird thing is definitely the contract part. These feel like rules any parent should be able to state and uphold and if a kid violates them, their parents are getting a call in the middle of the night to come pick them up. Instead she has them agree to the following statement in writing:
I have read and understand the rules and conditions of having a play date at Ms. [name removed]’s house and I agree to show respect at all times.
If my behavior reaches and maintains standards then a fun time will be had and brunch will occur together the following day. If my behavior falls below standards then future play dates or sleep overs might not occur again without serious consideration and stipulation.
It concludes: ‘I further acknowledge that these rules are in place for the comfort and safety of all residents and guests in Ms X’s home. I will do my best to preserve Ms X’s calm demeanor and peace of mind by abiding her wishes
This kid hosting the party must be cool as hell, because no middle schooler would go to a party where they had to sign this contract unless there was some serious popularity cache involved. Unless they’re all a bunch of nerds, just like this mom.
Reddit commenters were not into it, suggesting the mom was too uptight for children. Some parents said they wouldn’t even let their kid go to a party that required a contract:
The votes ultimately decided that mom was insane, though a couple thought the whole post was fake. The OP insists it’s real and that she later shared a pic of the kids calmly watching a movie. They’re also only 10 or 11 years old. Let’s see how quiet they are when she tries to pull this in high school.