Birthday parties. Play dates. Sleepovers. You want your child to be socially accepted and learn about the great diversity of mankind, but it's stressful deciding where to draw the line. There can be overwhelming differences in family dynamics, values, sanitation, religion, politics, and other important aspects of the human condition.
My four-year-old son Gideon was recently invited to another child's house. I will not go into the gory details, but there was some real culture shock and awkward moments.
A good parent wants to protect his child from physical danger and morally questionable behavior, but it's not easy to know what he's getting into. If you ask other parents about a family, you're labeled as being snoopy and judgmental. Hiring a private eye can be prohibitively expensive.
For the full story, see Friday's Tribune.