Hi, I'm Dr. Laura Schlessinger and this is our YouTube channel where I get to answer your [holds written question on paper towards camera] written questions. And this one is from Kim:
"We have a neighbor who is divorced and lives with his 23-year-old grown son. His 11 year old daughter lives with her mother and she visits some weekdays and weekends. We used to be friendly neighbors before the couple divorced [this is getting to be a frequent story, isn't it?], but not so much for the past 7 years, as we have watched unsupervised children, partying, smoke-fests, and multiple sleepovers (both the dad's and the son's) [Ooh]. There is always a revolving door of bimbos (young and old, with children and without) which last about 3 to 6 months.
The latest Flavor of the Month Bimbo has been 'dating' the Dad for about 2 months and sleeps over with her own children (who looks to be the same age as the 11 year old). The Bimbo goes out of her way to be friendly and say 'hello,' but my husband and I have no interest in even cordial conversation. Is it okay to ignore the Bimbo's attempts at polite conversation? Or are we being 'rude' neighbors? [First of all she's not a neighbor. She's a shack-up bimbo.]
P.S. We have two daughters of our own (ages 10 & 13) and have often used this neighbor and his children as a model of 'what not to do'."
Mother Laura's rule 17.4 (b) is be polite, say, "Good morning," and get along with your business. Engaging in conversation with someone you'd like to slap silly is kind of useless [laughs]. I mean, to stand there and say, "You are the flavor-of-the-month bimbo and a bad demonstration of a woman's behavior to both your kids and my kids, so I don't want to talk to you," is just going to end up in them putting their dog poop on your lawn. So if I were you, I would just say, "Good morning" [with an expressionless face and monotone voice], and get on with your day.
I'm Dr. Laura Schlessinger. Until next week, here on our YouTube channel.