So I have an interesting question to pose to you all that caught my attention on my Facebook feed last night. It hit me personally and I wanted to get your opinions on this somewhat touchy subject.
I have a good friend who is a stay at home mom of two darling kids, ages 3 and 5. She runs 4 small businesses from her home as a way to fill in the gaps that occur despite her husband working full time as a social worker. Two of those businesses are completely innocent and "normal"...but the other two are much more adult in nature. She sells sex toys and other adult romance enhancement products...and is a phone sex operator. Now I know this friend very well, and she makes absolutely certain that her kids are not exposed to anything adult in nature. Her products are stored in locked tool boxes (literally, toolboxes!) and when she goes on call after her kids are asleep, she has a makeshift office in her attic to take those calls. She is very careful to not have catalogs or anything that would be considered adult in nature laying about because she is an incredibly devoted mother...
All that being said...she has gotten a lot of flack and straight out rejection from her choice of home-based businesses. One neighbor in particular refuses to allow her kids to play with my friend's kids. Apparently they are very concerned that their kids are going to run across something inappropriate while playing at their house, or that she's going to be off on a call when she should be supervising the kids' playtime. I know for a fact that she only receives calls after her own kids are asleep, so that concern is a moot point, at least to me.
What really bothered me was that her character and ability to be a fit parent was called into question repeatedly in this Facebook thread. She takes great pains to make sure her own kids aren't exposed to what she does for work, let alone other kids who visit her house, but the way some parents in that thread were talking, you'd think that she had toys and graphic adult materials plastered all over her house and that she was taking phone calls while in the same room as a bunch of kids. Her morals and even her mental state were trashed in this thread and I was appalled.
So here's what I wanted to ask you all - what would you do if you found out that the mom down the street who is a pillar of her community, who you trust to watch your kids, who you may have even bought some adult items from yourself...was also a phone sex operator? Would you still allow your kids to visit her house? Would you shun her from play groups or would it make no difference? What would you do??