What is it with kids and sleepovers? School is finally out and already the requests are pouring in. Can Jessa sleepover, can Canyon and I sleep outside in the tent, can we stay at the Hilsts tonight? Is it ok if the boys sleep in the family room?
It’s not that I really mind but, the minute I allow one to have a sleepover, the other three feel that they have been cheated and feel the need to have one too. The next thing I know I have more kids sleeping at my house then I need. The only saving grace is when I can get all four of mine out of the house and Jeff and I are alone, those evenings are few and far between, I never get that lucky!
When I was a kid, I can barely remember having a sleepover, but at 7 and 8 years old, no way! These kids play together all day long, and whether they are mad at each other or not, the minute the word sleepover is mentioned, they’re all best buds. The worst is when you are standing there talking to another parent and your kid comes up and asks, “can Kellan sleep over tonight?” I hate being put on the spot like that, their mom says ok then all eyes are on me. The last thing I want to do is look like the bad guy and say no.
Yesterday Dylan overheard a phone call where Kyra was asking for a sleepover. Within a split second he asked if Timmy could sleep over. I told him no since it was late in the day and I had not talked to his mom. He stuck out his bottom lip, told me I never allow him to do anything and walked away. Five minutes later, he hands me the phone. It was Timmy’s mom, “sure he can come over, what time should I drop him off?” Dylan had taken it upon himself and called Timmy. I was furious with him, if looks could kill, he would have been dead on the floor right then and there. I had to put my foot down, I explained to Timmy’s mom that we had a bit of a misunderstanding and that we actually had other plans, we’d have to do it another night. I felt like such a schmuck but knew I could not give in.
Dylan didn’t talk to me for the rest of the day. He woke up this morning and told me he was sorry, I hope he learned his lesson, Mommy isn’t THAT much of a push over, I have my limits!