We have entered birthday party season.
That’s when school is in swing and the invitations start coming home rapid fire, weekend after weekend. With my three girls all in school now, birthday party season has become a significant family investment.
We now have ground rules.
My kids announce the latest invitation before the minivan door even closes at the end of the school day, and I ask this all-important question:
Is this a real, actual, true friend?
This isn’t just a peripheral acquaintance whose last name you don’t know. This isn’t the kind of ‘friend’ who sits across the room from you, one you never play with on the playground, and someone you’ve never actually seen eat lunch.
This is an actual friend. You can tell me her full name, her likes and dislikes and something she might have in her lunchbox.
Once we’ve passed the true friend test and the calendar test (does…
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