I found out yesterday that I have been judging people without knowing all the facts. It wasn't a nice thing to learn. As a teacher, and a parent, I feel it is my responsibility to try to figure out what people are like, especially those who would like to be friends (or more) with my children (particularly my daughters).
What disturbs me, is the fact that although I see sides of some people that others don't see, I have blinded myself to the fact that I don't see the whole picture either. I just assume that if a kid is a jerk in my class that they are just a jerk. But I don't want to turn into a monster either.
I don't want my kids to be seduced to the dark side by unworthy friends--something I have witnessed before. And I definitely don't want some guy taking my daughters out who is doing things in his life that could end up hurting them. But now I feel that I need to reassess some of my opinions.
I don't know if any of you have had similar experiences, but I always welcome outside opinions. Okay, no I don't, but right now, I'm open to them.