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How One Mom’s ‘Special Toy’ Became a Friendship Ring Between 5-Year-Olds

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When it comes to kinks and preferences and any other sort of private bedroom activity between consenting adults, most people take the position that if you’re not directly involved in it, it’s none of your business.

I assume that folks all over the world have toys, trinkets, handcuffs, silk scarves, and any number of things stashed in their private drawers that they wouldn’t necessarily want to be opened by just anyone…and that probably goes double (or triple) for their kids.

And way more than that for someone else’s kid.

Kahla Maneely, a wife and mother from Joy, Pennsylvania, was reminded the hard way that kids get into absolutely everything you don’t keep up high or locked up when another kindergarten parent sent her a text – with a picture – of a “friendship ring” her daughter received from Kahla’s daughter, Myla.

“Hey Myla gave this to [redacted] on the bus today? She might have been in your stuff lol.”

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Kahla replied that she was sorry, that the ring was new, and that her daughter surely thought it was just a normal ring that she’d given to her best friend. The other mother was kind and laughed along, joking about “kids am I right?”, which must have been a huge relief.

In this day and age, you never know when another parent is going to go on a crusade about something that was A) an innocent mistake, and B) none other their business.

The purple, vibrating ring was intended, of course, for Kahla and her husband, and she told Fatherly that she was more than mortified.

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“When I saw the picture on the text, it took me a second to put two and two together and my heart sank down to the pit of my stomach. I didn’t know what to do; I’ve never been that embarrassed in my whole life. I spent ten minutes just staring at my phone trying to think of a good response because I didn’t know what to say.”

When her daughter arrived home, Maneely sat her down for a chat about privacy, snooping, and taking other people’s things.

“She tried to lie at first, but then asked me what it was as it was ‘really stretchy’ – I told her to mind her business.”

A lesson that not enough people’s parents imparted to them, I daresay.

In this case, I think mom and daughter both learned something. For mom to keep her things out of reach and for her daughter to stay out of other people’s private spaces.

Poor Myla, though…I’m afraid this story will be told many, many times in her life. I hope she has a good sense of humor, too.