Do I let my boyz go? Knowing that I probably won't be able to reciprocate right away? Or do I decline (and then deal with the incessant "Whyyyyyyy Moooom? Why can't I just goooooo?")?
Eldest, at age 8, does a TON of playdates. (Mostly with boys from his football team whom we've known for 3 seasons now.) Obviously I'm biased, but he's a prime playdate candidate. He's pretty calm, laid-back and mild mannered, so other parents don't mind having him around. But I'm starting to get a complex because he's always being invited, yet he rarely has a friend over to our Trenches. Do you think the parents notice this?
Middle and Baby, on the other hand, are at that weird age. 5 and 4. They haven't played organized sports yet, and I'm never around to do drop-offs or pick-ups from school, so I'm not familiar with the parents of their friends. But they are DYING to play with their friends.
Yet I can't force that task upon my nanny. That wouldn't be right.
And weekend playdates? Ugh. (Double ugh when it's winter.) Weekends are Family Time. I should probably be more flexible with this. Maybe in the spring...
But this Friday, all the stars have aligned. I am scheduled to be the Mystery Reader in Middle's kindergarten class from 1:30-2:00. And after that? I am free for the rest of the day.
So it's time for me to pony up and take one for the team.
Each of the 3 boyz is having a friend come over Friday afternoon for a playdate.
6 boys. Ages 8 and under.
I figured the snow is almost melted - they can all run around outdoors; play baseball; play basketball; ride bikes.
And then I checked the weather forecast for Friday: