I hope that I'm not the only mother who has preferences about my children's friends. Actually, I don't really hope or care what you think. I'm human, and I'll admit freely that some kids are easier to have over for playdates, some bring out the best in our kids, and when they spend time with others they display less-than-desirable attitudes.
Since I'm so quick to
My children are not perfect, and because Kyle is the 2nd child, much younger than his sister, he's probably that precocious kid who picks up his older sibling's likes and vocabulary that I wouldn't have wanted my sheltered first/only child Amanda to have hung out with at the time. But it is what it is.
But Amanda -- she's a mom magnet. They love her! One of her best elementary friend's moms told me that when she (the mom) met Amanda in the classroom at the beginning of the year, she told her daughter that she thought Amanda would be a good friend.
She went over to someone's house last week to finish up a group project, and when I picked her up, and I thanked the friend's mom, she said, "It was no problem. She can come back any time. Any time."
When I am frustrated with typical adolescent behavior of spaciness, independence (which sometimes shows itself with acting out that might seem disrespectful), and withdrawal, I always remember how Amanda looks to the outside world. She's a good kid, and I'm very thankful for that.
Speaking of Amanda, did you watch her first vlog appearance? We did a mother-daughter video book review of Meg Cabot's Abandon. Check it out. I'm giving her a little bit of a hard time, because that's my job, but I think that she shows in this video why she's so darn lovable!