On weekends that we have H, we always try to keep the family together. But as the girls venture into puberty, so comes the phase where hanging with parents isn’t cool anymore. They also tend to get on each other’s nerves more often, so we also try to give them space to be themselves with their friends as well. Negotiations usually start around Wednesday, when H comes for her weekly visit.

Alex: Can I go to Hope’s on Friday?

Me: It’s a family weekend.

Alex: But H will probably have a friend over, and I won’t have anyone to play with.

Me: We’ll see.

Alex: But if you let me go to Hope’s, and H goes with her friend, then you and Mr. D can stay up all night and play Assassin’s Creed on the Xbox.

How does she know???


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