Hey guys. I’d like to hear your opinions on a situation we are encountering. The wife and I are great friends with a couple who’s son played with my kids. When the kids were smaller “Billy” would come over for play dates with my younger 3 children. He was a little odd, had some minor medical issues and didn’t have many other friends. Because my kids are all inclusive when it comes to other kids Billy loved coming over to play video games and hang out. However as they’ve grown, he was pulled out of school, supposedly “homeschooled” although I surmise all he does is watch tv and play video games all day. He’s approaching 16 and reads on about a 2nd grade level (he’s not learning disabled either) and cannot write, only type. He only eats about 4 or 5 foods. He’s a very delicate and spoiled boy, who whines and makes up lies if he doesn’t get his way. His mother does every for him. Including cutting his food, and mashing up his pills and spoon-feeding them to him in apple sauce. They are also constantly filling his head with ideas that his is this super human being that is strong, talented, smart good looking and charming. As a result, as a teen he’s become conceited and convinced of what a lady’s man he is. Now, when he was little it was not a big deal. But now that he’s a teen, I can see that my kids kind of cringe and groan whenever he comes over because they have to get stuck entertaining him. At this point they just can’t stand him anymore and it’s gotten the point where their friends don’t want to come over when they know Billy is around. I’ve chatted with his dad a few times over beers about how he wishes his son wasn’t such a pampered baby. I’ve made a few suggestions, but he’s too scared to bring it up to the mom. (She’s the real culprit. Dads just an enabler.) She thinks he’s so delicate that she has to do everything for him. At 15 1/2 they still get a sitter for him when we go out to dinner together. I feel like they’re doing the kid an incredible disservice because at this rate he’ll never be able to take care of himself. He’s too lazy to get a job. He’ll never get married. He’s Girls hate him. Boys don’t want him around because he makes the girls uncomfortable. He’ll be living with his mommy for life. Now the dilemma. Do I tell the folks that my kids don’t want him around and risk losing our wonderful friends? I think the dad sees it and just is afraid to lose us as friends too. But the mom...won’t understand. I think she’ll get all “my precious baby!!!” And get really mad. What to do?