This isn't so much a parenting issue, but I need some advice from those who are parents. Well, maybe not advice, but more of a "would you do this" kinda thing... you'll see what I mean. I need parents of school aged children to answer. I'm sorry this is long but I know no other way to get in all the details, and it does have to do with parents and children. I've been attempting to be friends with this neighbor. At first all she wanted to do was invite me along to church functions and whatnot. Finally I said, that's not gonna happen due to my health and the fact that I can't really hear the sermons anyway, I have my own deaf church that I go to. (I am a Christian, yes, but I am not your typical Christian. I look like a hippie and she is very conservative, typical anal Christian type). Well after she found out I was already "saved" and already a Christian, despite my daring to have blue streaks, wear hemp, dress alternatively, speak frankly and with a down to earth attitude, she pretty much dropped all communication with me. It seems for all intents and purposes she thought I was some heathen because of the way me and my husband look, like if you have piercings and like skulls you can't possibly be Christian, and she was only interested in evangelizing me. Well since I'm already saved, it seems she has no interest in me since she can't use me to chalk another one up on her "how many souls I've saved so I can prove I'm a good christian" tally. I decided to offer one last olive branch, this one involving good for her kids. She has school-aged children. We are getting a puppy, and I do not have children, so I am trying to round up families with children to come over and play with the puppy to socialize her to children so she will not be aggressive to them when she is grown. I wrote this neighbor an email... She responded with this, which first alerted me to the "BS" factor: Uh, are you serious??? So, not sure whether this WAS indeed BS or she was really that afraid of harmless puppy nipping (and deciding if she was, she needed to know that puppies are not vicious creatures) I responded with: (and yes I was a bit snarky because I thought it was just ridiculous) To which SHE responded: So, my question for you parents is: Is this a normal thing, for parents to actually be afraid of their children getting playfully nipped by a puppy? Seriously? I smell bullshit. I am not sure if maybe this is common, and I just don't realize it because I have worked with dogs all my life and do not have my own children to understand (but if I did I would not take measures to protect them from... puppies.) Or am I right in that this is total bullshit and it is a ruse because she is trying to avoid me, and it has nothing to do with parenting? I don't want to think this of her if it is actually common, unbeknownst to me, for parents to be this way. I just think it is absolutely ridiculous to be concerned for your children over puppy nipping... a 3 pound puppy at that. Wouldn't you WANT your children to have the experience of being taught how to work with animals and problems that arise with them? Especially in the presence of a dog trainer? Wouldn't you WANT your children to learn what puppies are really about? Wouldn't you WANT your children to not be afraid of dogs because they've never been around them? Wouldn't you want your children to learn what to do and what NOT to do around puppies AND grown dogs to avoid getting injured by a dog later on due to making a wrong move in front of a dog they don't know? Dog injuries to children are usually caused unintentionally by the child, not the dog - because the child was never taught how to behave around dogs and ended up inadvertantly triggering an attack. I know this is not the case for every single child dog bite, but most of them, it is. And the parents only have themselves to blame for not letting their children learn about this early on to have prevented these attacks. I am asking all this because I really want to know exactly where the majority of parents are when it comes to children and dogs, when they have no dogs of their own at home. Because I am going to be recruiting as many families as possible to be involved in this new dogs socialization early on, and I want to know if this situation is a common one that I will encounter or this neighbor is just judgemental so-called-Christian that really doesn't want anything to do with me. And if this IS a common situation, how can I better explain to parents how all this works and that there is nothing to be afraid of? Thanks to anyone who weighs in on this matter.