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post #1 of 73
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post #2 of 73
DD isn't "childhood"-aged yet, but I saw this on the front page. I'd say trust your instincts! They're probably telling you something is up with this guy for a reason.
post #3 of 73
I'd find that strange too. Have you talked to any of the other parents in the neighbourhood yet? How do they feel.

I wouldn't be letting my dc out of my sight with him around.
post #4 of 73
well, i'm a paranoid freak about pedafiles - so yeah, i would have my guard up. i don't need any evidence other than my "gut" telling me not to trust something or someone in those kind of situations.
post #5 of 73
I would be extremely uncomfortable about my children sitting in the lap of a stranger. I wouldn't be comfortable with someone who did this. Just my two pennies.
post #6 of 73
We are "older parents with a 4 yo" and trust me, dh does NOT act like this!

I just don't get a lot of peoples boundaries-or lack thereof. Dd's best friend's dad has made these kinds of remarks and has behaved in this way. One time, the girls were about 2 and running around in diapers. He commented that "Now I can tell all my friends I had two topless girls running around my apartment." Yuck!! It is an ongoing major concern for us. We have decided so far not to deliberately end dd's friendship with this girl--but have made a pact to NEVER leave dd alone with him, ever. At the very least, it's bad judgement and that can show itself up in other ways, too, as it has with dd's friend's dad. We don't think he's a "bad guy" per se, but not safe enough to take a risk. I'd definitely be thinking about talking to neighbours in your case. I'm not sure there's such a thing as paranoia when it comes to potential sexual abuse of children.
post #7 of 73
Ew. Trust your gut.

Ew ew ew.
post #8 of 73
Read "Protecting the Gift" - and in the meantime, trust your gut.

Do NOT let your dd play over there unsupervised. Don't let her sit in his lap. Tell the other moms to not let their kids over there unsupervised.

Ask him "why are you so interested in the little girls around here?" If he's harmless, he should get the idea that his comments are a bit off. If he's not, it'll warn him that you're on to him.
post #9 of 73
Just a thought, but have you checked the national sex offender registry?

www.familywatchdog.us

It tells you where all registered sex offenders live and more importantly what their crime was so you know who could potentially be a danger to a young child.

It's worth checking out. I recently found out that a multiple offending pedafile lives down the street from me. Yikes!
post #10 of 73
Trust your instincts, and I second the recommendation to read Protecting The Gift.
post #11 of 73
I would be finding out his last name and doing a google search or a sex offender search. We lived in an area where the neighbors weirded me out. They were a little too friendly and offered to let my girls go play in their fenced in yard with their dogs. Nope, nope, and nope. They couldn't have kids but there was still something about them that sent up red flags. Don't ever question your gut instincts on stuff like that. I would rather people think that I am rude than to ever disregard my instincts and have something happen to one of my babies.
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post #13 of 73
I third reading Protecting the Gift. Absolutely trust your instinct. There is something very off with that man.
post #14 of 73
OK, I am the least "paranoid" mama I know, seriously, I just don't worry about shit like this and I almost never see what other people are worrying about...maybe I've just been really lucky and have mostly been around nice people, but this...totally squicked me out. The back of my neck was all prickly feeling by the time I got to the end of your post. I would check in with all the other moms in the neighborhood and just sort of keep your eyes open. This is a sucky, awkard situation to be in, because you are most likely sort of stuck with him as a neighbor.
post #15 of 73
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OK, I am the least "paranoid" mama I know, seriously, I just don't worry about shit like this and I almost never see what other people are worrying about...maybe I've just been really lucky and have mostly been around nice people, but this...totally squicked me out. The back of my neck was all prickly feeling by the time I got to the end of your post. I would check in with all the other moms in the neighborhood and just sort of keep your eyes open. This is a sucky, awkard situation to be in, because you are most likely sort of stuck with him as a neighbor.
This.

And honestly, every time I have NOT trusted my gut, I have regretted it.
post #16 of 73
Very, very weird behavior. We are older parents. I'm 46 and my dh is 60; we have a 4 yo girl and a 6 yo boy. He is very conscious of proper behavior around the little girls and would never, ever touch one of them unless it were to help her. Have her sit in his lap? Not a chance. He never says anything about the girls being pretty. (he might make a comment about a cute mom, though) I say your instincts are right on. Tell you daughters not to sit in his lap----that might feed some sort of weird compulsion. ewwww....just creepy.
post #17 of 73
[QUOTE=robin1377;11692047]Just a thought, but have you checked the national sex offender registry?

www.familywatchdog.us

It tells you where all registered sex offenders live and more importantly what their crime was so you know who could potentially be a danger to a young child. /QUOTE]

This was my first thought.

My second thought was "You are your child's best advocate."
My third thought was "Trust your gut feeling."

Just this past week, a news article in a local paper confirmed a gut instinct that I had had 3 years ago.

Maybe, the new neighbor will move away...until then pay attention to what is happening.

We are older parents too. DH never talks about young females this way.
post #18 of 73
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I would be extremely uncomfortable about my children sitting in the lap of a stranger. I wouldn't be comfortable with someone who did this. Just my two pennies.
I agree.

My brother-in-law once kissed my niece on the lips when she was 3 and it totally ticked my sister off. He is weird like this too. He loves little kids, especially girls and is VERY weird about it. I watch him if we are ever around him, which I rarely do go around him.

Have you checked the pedofile list online that has sexual predators? You can look them up by state and zip code? I'd definitely do that if I were you.

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I would rather people think that I am rude than to ever disregard my instincts and have something happen to one of my babies.
I agree. If someone new like that had my DD on his lap and I saw it then he would have been very surprised by my reaction. I am always on alert for perverts. I would have most definitely let it be known that it wouldn't be tolerated and would have removed my DD from his lap myself. No man has any right to ever touch a child unless they are their pediatrician or their father/very close family figure. They're my kids, sorry.

I don't take chances with my kids like that. I know 3 girls in one family that were molested as young girls and it ruined them for life, even after years of counseling. No child deserves to have their whole future ruined because of a pervert. I won't take chances.
post #19 of 73
Yes. I do think you have reason to be wary. In my experience, whenever I "feel' something is not right, I am usually right. Trust your gut.

When I was about 9 years old, I went on a boating trip with mu dad and his friend. The friend brought a friend. I had never met that guy before. I remember one point during the day I went down to the cabin. He asked me to come sit on his lap. I felt really uncomfortable with that and flat out refused. My dad's friend found out a few months later that this guy had been molesting his daughter. And sometimes he would do it right out in the open. He would wrestle with the girl and tickle her and touch her very inappropriately. Even with the girls grandma in the room. But the parents brushed off the grandma's concern because they couldn't believe he would do it, especially with others in the room. Wasn't until the girl came forward and said something herself that they took it seriously. Point is, pedophiles don't always operate secretly. I'm sure the guy who I mentioned thought that nobody would think anything of what he was doing because he was in front of people.

Also, regardless of what this man's intentions are...it is absolutely unacceptable to me that he has asked a young girl to sit in his lap. I would never leave my child alone with him, or let her sit in his lap ever again. And in the interest of protecting other girls in the area, I would chat with the other parents and see how they feel.
post #20 of 73
Have you ever read "Protecting the Gift"? Basically, it advises trusting your instinct/gut reaction and not relying on your rational mind where it comes to protecting your children. The guys actions/comments would raise a red flag with me too. I would never, ever allow a guy to put my daughter on his lap especially if I was getting weird feelings. I dont want anyone I dont know and who I especially get a hinky feeling about to even touch my child. After the fireworks this year, I had a man in his 50's try to hold my dd1 (3 1/2) arm to get her moving. Maybe he was really trying to help but I didnt feel comfortable so I made eye contact, told him "I have her thank you", and physically/firmly removed his hand. If you are getting a bad feeling about this, dont let the guy near your daughter period.
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