This is a tricky one for me. I never thought that I would get involved in stuff like this, or be too overbearing about who my kids interacted with … and I guess I’m not since I actually don’t mind my child’s friend, I’m just not sure about the parents.
Play dates are things that I’d prefer were at our house, and over night stuff I’m trying to avoid. It’s difficult though, I’ve got four children and the friend is an only child, and it’s not that I don’t like the parents, I just have absolutely NOTHING in common with them, and conversation is difficult.
It’s such a difficult area to navigate!
On one hand, children have to be able to get along with a wide range of people, and I don’t want to make this friend the ‘forbidden fruit’, but on the other it’s my responsibility as the parent to provide a safe environment for my children to grow-up in. Maybe it just requires a bit more time for things to be comfortable in different family situations, and maybe I need time too.
I don’t know the right answer … at the moment I’m happy with the decisions I’ve made, but it’s an on-going conundrum, especially as all my children move into this area. It’s not possible to be friends with all of the parents of my children’s friends… is it?
Or should I limit the interaction to just the children of people we are friends with?
Maybe I should just breath through it all, and let things unfold as they will.