September 17, 2012
Well, she didn't say it quite like that, but I am sure it sounded like that to her younger sister. My older daughter turns 12 this weekend, and she has made plans with her girlfriends to hang out afterschool, have dinner (with us, her parents) at one of her favorite restaurants, then go play a round of mini golf, all with her friends (and us, her parents). One thing she was explicit about: "can we find something else for *her* to do?"
This is a little different than the birthday party where we ponder whether to invite the friend & his little brother. We're talking about the celebrant's own sister.
Her sister is deflated, 3 years her junior, wanting ever so much to be a part of the fun and celebration. Granted, we will have more celebration reserved just for the family, so there will be an opportunity for Sister the Younger to celebrate with Sister the Elder.
On the one hand, I want to respect the Elder's wishes for space from her sister, wishes for a little autonomy, wishes for some fun with her own friends. On the other hand, we like to exude inclusivity, especially among family. Everyone is invited, all the time!
Well: WWYuMsD? What would you urbanMamas do?