Chil­dren make best party poop­ers

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS -

AN­OTHER party in­vi­ta­tion has ar­rived to­day.

This one is beau­ti­fully hand-cal­ligraphed, sched­uled for three Satur­days from now and luck­ily it won’t clash with the other event that day; or the ones next week­end; or the two the week­end af­ter that.

It is party sea­son af­ter all, and the par­ties come fast.

But of course none of th­ese in­vi­ta­tions are for me. They’re for the kids.

It’s a sad but in­evitable day when you re­alise your child’s so­cial life is much busier than your own.

As I RSVP on the chil­dren’s be­half, I am for­ever Mumderella, driv­ing the pump­kin peo­ple-mover to pri­ma­ryaged par­ties but left to look on as the young­sters have a ball.

I’m told – as with al­most all par­ent­ing chal­lenges, bar toi­let train­ing – things get worse come the teenage years.

Typ­i­cally, you spend a Satur­day din­ner party wor­ry­ing about your 15-year-old at a party, with­out even al­co­hol to calm your nerves be­cause you have to leave early to pick them up.

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