How many of you take your older kids along with you when you’re invited to someone’s house for a barbecue or casual dinner?
My husband and I seem to disagree on this matter. He thinks the kids should always be in tow and I don’t see any reason to bring them if they’re just going to sit and not talk to anyone.
Once your kids are older (our youngest is 15) they really don’t want to hang out with their parents or with their parents’ friends — especially when said friends have much younger children. But my husband feels it’s part of their life skills education — that they need to learn to converse with other adults and show interest in things other than themselves.
And I would agree. But once your kids reach a certain age it’s hard to make them do anything. You certainly can’t make them be charming and sociable if they’ve decided they don’t want to be. So sometimes I think leaving them home is the best route to take.
Am I giving them a free pass?