And, although this is a contract created by an 8th grader and apparently signed (!!! Plus early heads up about new tees, new contributors, and our events.
) by another, it’s a surprisingly accurate and succinct distillation of adult relationship expectations too.
This really has come about because Chris’ inbox has been filling up with readers sending her personalized emails asking her advice and since we’re all in this together, why not share with you all, right?
Please keep your questions on the issue of raising older kids.
**************** Chris, Some of my children’s friends have started dating.
She thinks that we are mean and are trying to make her life miserable. Let them have their girlfriend or boyfriend over to the house while you are home. Get to know the other kid’s parents and what his/her home life is like. I have gone to the movies with my son’s girlfriend’s family, out to casual dinners, the amusement park.
Since you have a houseful of kids, I am wondering how you deal with this. “Mean Mom” Back when all of my children were small I always said that they could date once they were ready to get married. Based on my own life experiences I couldn’t see how it possibly could be a good thing. As they have grown I have realized that there is no protecting children from being hurt. Once they can drive they will be off going places and you probably won’t know where half the time.
I have been told that anything you play in 8th grade does not effect your 4 years of Varsity Sports and then I have been told it does? I have two questions can you reclassify your senior year but instead of going to private school just reclass in public school?