Tracey - posted on 05/24/2012 ( 29 moms have responded )
Two situations causing concern.
First family are very loving and parents would never dream of mistreating their kids but they are not very intelligent, both parents have special needs, don't know the meaning of discipline so the boys run wild knowing they can get away with anything including stealing, shoplifting and minor vandalism. They spend all their money on toys for the kids yet they can't afford to pay household bills and have bailiffs turning up. The kids are permanently dirty (as in unclean, not playing in the garden dirty), smelly and have ill fitting clothes, the house is filthy and you feel like you need a bath after being near them. They won't take advice or help from people as they can't see they are doing anything wrong.
Second family has a history of being people you don't mess with. Kids are clean, healthy, friendly and have lovely manners. Parents are extremely strict and hit the kids whenever they do something wrong or are disrespectful. Daughter (16) has a boyfriend they disapprove of so they lock her in her room except for school and have confiscated all forms of communication including phone and lap top. They have sealed her window shut so she can't run away and have been hitting her in a way that doesn't bruise so no-one will believe her.
Would you mind your own business and not get involved or would you make the call?