Alice’s Restaurant

February 27, 2007

Sleep Over

Filed under: Day to Day Life — aliceaudrey @ 9:24 am

My son has had the same best friend since second grade.  They are now in sixth grade. 

Unluckily the friend hit puberty a little early and has turned into a raging teenager.  That’s all fine and well.  He’s a sweet kid and I don’t have to put up with the lip.  It had never occurred to me it would be a problem for my son.

The kid is driving my son nuts!  He’s trying to pressure him into getting heelies and certain Playstation games, and is all over the map emotionally, and wants to spend all weekend long with my son on a regular basis.

This is where the drama comes in.  Last weekend my son asked to have the friend stay over, a common occurrence, then asked that we fabricate a reason to send him home early the next day.  In the past we’ve let them have all weekend long so now the friend wants to know why he can’t simply stay.

I told my son I would simply tell him it was time to go home and that would be that.  As the time approached I realized that wouldn’t be that.  The boys are growing up.  The way I treat my son’s friends has to adjust too.  Doesn’t it?

Maybe not.  I ended up telling the friend it was time to go, and packing him off.  He went without a question.



  1. LOL!!!! I know it’s probably not funny to some but it’s a beautiful thing when you can get your parents to lie for you. 🙂

    If he wanted him to leave so early, why did he invite him over to begin with? Or can he only take him in small doses now?

    Comment by Bev — February 27, 2007 @ 9:43 am

  2. My daughter turned into a “teenager” almost overnight. The hormones changed about three months before.

    It’s been quite an adjustment. The entire month of February has been a blur as we try different things to get her back on track at school, calm her from the dramatics over the least little things. . .

    Oh boy. . . do I feel for that boy’s parents!

    Comment by Pam Skochinski — February 27, 2007 @ 10:49 am

  3. Well… I didn’t actually lie.

    The best friend was welcome for the first 20 or so hours. My son simply didn’t want to spend 48 hours over the week end with him. Do you blame him?


    Comment by aliceaudrey — February 28, 2007 @ 9:48 am

  4. I am so glad my kids are well past that stage. Unfortunately, I have a grandchild headed smack dab into it. There are days when we do not speak.

    Comment by Donna — February 28, 2007 @ 2:57 pm

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