Growing Up Too Fast -- My Son's Major Snub

Cynthia Dermody
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Photo by The-Autism-Mom

My 6 year old son hit a new milestone this week. Not one that has me running for the camera or baby book. My son has taken the very first step toward tweendom way ahead of schedule: He's blowing off his family (um, me!) for his friends.

He got an invitation to Nick's birthday party next Saturday at 3 p.m. -- the exact same day and time as the Frosty the Snowman show, a belated birthday present for my daughter, that all four of us are going to this weekend.

The show that all four of us were going to this weekend.

Previously, my son was excited about Frosty. After opening the invitation and a thoughtful pause of about three seconds, my son announces he could now care less about the singing snowmen. He wants to go to Nick's house.

My daughter doesn't mind. She just wants to see Frosty melt. My husband doesn't mind either, because he'll take my son to the party then go home to chop wood or resurface the driveway or anything else that doesn't involve sitting in an auditorium with 300 screaming 5 year olds.

I know what you're going to say. I should insist my son go with us. But he'll mope and complain and that will ruin the day for my daughter, and that's what this is all about.

So, you wanna come with my daughter and I?

At what age did your big kid start snubbing you for friends? Should you let them, or put your foot down and insist they honor family commitments -- or a little of both?


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