In this Jealous or Justified, "Am I wrong for stopping my son from associating with a childhood friend or did I overreact?"

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The Gardeners have been our next door neighbors for fourteen years. Actually we are more like family than just neighbors.

Our wives even got pregnant around the same time and we both had boys. Our boys are very close, they’ve went through every phase of their young lives together, from kindergarten onward those two boys have been inseparable.

The boys are thirteen now and are headed to the eighth grade this fall. Because of COVID our neighbor’s son has spent a lot of time away with his grandparents so they wouldn’t be alone during the isolation period.

But since he’s been back he’s been different. He’s not interested in sports anymore and he’s wearing different types of clothes now. Even the way he talks is different, his communications style has become very feminine.

My Son asked me what was wrong with him and I really didn’t know what to say, he even told me that the other boys are saying he is acting like a girl.

Out of concern I decided to speak to his parents about what was going on, I simply said, "guys what’s going on with your son?” And they got angrier than I’ve even seen them get, they were very defensive and clearly didn’t want to have that conversation. So I apologized and promptly left their home.

After speaking to my wife we decided to stop our son from associating with theirs until we know what’s going on. I feel horrible about taking this stance but with so much going on in the world I feel like I should know what my son’s friends are doing.

Beautiful Machine I need your help, am I wrong for stopping my son from associating with him or did I overreact?

Please help me?

AM I WRONG FOR STOPPING MY SON FROM ASSOCIATING WITH A CHILDHOOD FRIEND OR DID I OVERREACT?
Total Overreaction
You did the right thing!