Around Christmas break I got a friend request from a name I didn't even recognize. When I looked at the page I recognized the kids and realized it's the mother of students who go to my school. I don't recall ever really taking to her. But I'm sure I've said hi in the halls and I've seen her at PTO meetings.
I declined the request as I always do when I get them from student's parents.
A week or so later I got another request from her. Figuring she probably forgot about the first one I declined the second as well. Then about a month later I got a third request. Guess how I handled that one?
At this point I had still never spoken to this woman other than to say hi. But Friday night we had an activity at school and I did end up chatting with her. It was a nice talk. She's a lovely person.
Guess what I found when I got home? A fourth friend request.
I've gotten tons of requests from parents at school. I've even heard though the grapevine that some have an issue with the teachers who decline. I don't care. I don't want my personal life being invaded by school and vice versa.
I've never had a parent keep requesting this way. I've never felt the need to explain the decline. They can see I am not friends with the other parents so there's nothing to take personally.
Do you think I should send her a message or explain if I see her at school or should I just keep declining?