See that pink paper in John’s friend’s hand?
That’s the birthday cookie cakes receipt.
I could have picked up the bakery goods myself.
Instead, I chose to wait until I had a car full of boys.
It took only 15 minutes to run the errand, which turned into a grocery story ice cream party when we coincidentally met other families running errands also.
A rich social experience followed, which would never have occurred if I had been an efficient mom, doing errands when solo.
And then, the only place in the car to put the two birthday pans was in the back, on top of that flexible cover that pulls out like a window shade.
And there they stayed for hours, sliding around while we did other stuff.
Not so pretty anymore, but the kids didn’t care the next day.
Perfection is for adults.
So, think of ways to include your kids in errands.
They learn how to do things.
Also, I emotionally connected the kids to a big part of the next day.
They got the cakes from the counter out to my car.
Gaining skin in the game. The cake game.
And these same kids were the ones who ate the cakes the following day at John’s birthday party.
Twenty-seven (27) kids for bowling, pizza, cookie cake and arcade chaos.
More opportunities for emotional bonding.
Liquid gold to John.
Maybe this can work in your world.
Peace be with us,