Late-overs and other things we've learned as parents
March 15, 2013
You know that Kung Fu moment as a parent when the master becomes
the student? If you don't, it will come, grasshopper. We had one
this weekend when a friend's son schooled us on The Late-over. The
Late-over is cousin to The Sleepover, with kids heading home to the
comfort of their own beds. Think an evening of video games, maybe a
little drama, nail polish or action figures, pizza, movie and
snacks-all before 10, 11 or midnight. And without the potential
bed-wetting and breakfast. It's really kind of brilliant. It was
unanimous-this was a keeper.
Why did it resonate? Well, we parents like our sleep. We operate
better on a full night of it, call us crazy. And as glorious as The
Sleepover can be, it has nothing to do with the act of sleep,
because you don't sleep. They don't sleep, little sister doesn't
sleep, the dog doesn't sleep. Not for more than a few hours at a
time and Rome was not built in a day (or over hundreds of years) by
men running on three hours of sleep. It should be called a LayOver
or Your-Plans-For-Sleep-Are-Officially-Over. And the next day?
Forget about it. You'll have a big ball of crabby on your hands. We
But we love our kids. And our kids' friends. So we acquiesce.
Because that's what you do sometimes…when you can't fight the force
any longer. Only now we can have our movie popcorn and midnight
snacks and eat 'em too. Because we can have our kids' favorite
pint-sized interloper for a Late-over and everyone's happy.
We resolved to put our new discovery to the test. We were
challenged to make it a Late-over to remember. You know, with forts
and a good movie, maybe a little gaming, bouncing on the bed, a big
bowl of popcorn. People reported a few errant Nerf darts, failed
first attempts at a fort (always have extra blankets on hand),
arguing over the orange Phineas cup, but overall it was a
full-fledged success. And at the end of it all, guests go home. You
tuck your kids into bed, you turn out the lights and grab their
popcorn bowl to watch a movie.
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