Liam has a friend at school named David.* He and David tend to spend most of the day together and generally get along pretty well. The only problem is that David is what Scot and I refer to as a “bad influence.” Without getting into specifics, the kid doesn’t have the same boundaries or rules that we set for Liam. So, Liam is constantly coming home with inappropriate things – be they words, actions, or stories about David. It’s not really David’s fault that this is the state of affairs but he really does set a bad example that my kid has a bad habit of following.
Today on the way home from school Liam announced to me, “Well, David the Dreaded Bad Influence was at school today.”
I couldn’t help myself. I burst out laughing.
For all that he copies David, he apparently copies us, too.
*name changed to protect the innocent.