Thing Two had a slumber party!
Her friend came for dinner, and when I asked if she’d eat spaghetti and meatballs, salad, garlic bread, she responded “I don’t care what I eat.” Heaven!
The sleepover was a cliche, with every element you might imagine when 8-year-olds have slumber parties.
There was giggling, squealing, whispering, stuffed animals, nail polish, and puking.
Yes. I was holding a long blonde ponytail watching a colorful work of art develop.
Someone else’s kid was at my house! Sick!
Running mate was out with our car, and our guest was starting to cry.
I couldn’t take her home!
Luckily we had ginger ale. I called her mom. “Oh, yeah, this is her first sleepover without her sister. And she’s overtired. Just send her to bed.”
Oh huzzah. Reaching out is a crucial skill for helicopter parents. Whether it’s a friend, a coach, another parent, the pediatrician, the insurance company health hotline, poison control…if you have a finely tuned panic reflex, brainstorm an outreach list right now and put a post-it note on the calendar or fridge. You will thank me in the middle of the night one night! 🙂
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