By Elizabeth Paige, GalTime.com
I have a 16-year-old, 14-year-old and now my youngest is 12. So, I've pretty much been through a lot of the 'stages' and thresholds of kids gaining a little independence. But, I'm still at odds with myself over whether/when it's OK to drop my youngest off at a birthday party without me attending. (How did my handle my other two? I always seemed to know the families, strangely enough.)
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My daughter came home with an invite the other day. Now that she's entered middle school she loves her friends and the new possibilities that come with a larger social circle. For her, she is thrilled to be invited but none of the other partygoers' parents are staying. I don't really know the birthday girl's family, but I know people who know them. They are known to be a wonderful family-- and it's a daytime birthday party.
I'm going for it and letting her go. I will walk her in and meet everyone, but I still struggle with new boundaries. What do you think?
- Is it OK to let her go?
- What questions do you ask before agreeing to an event that you will not attend?
- At what age do you ask about whether it will be a co-ed affair...and at what age is that ok?
Let me know what you think.... Party on!
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