- “Hey mom? Can I invite friends over for lunch? I’ll cook pasta and tomato sauce.”
- “Great idea,” I tell our 14 year old, “You can also get them all to help clean up!”
Contrast this to our 12 year old's call:
- “Mom, I’m bringing over some friends for lunch. You can make us sandwiches: 1 ham & cheese with pickle, 1 ham with Tabasco….”
- “It’s a busy day, honey. When you want something from me, I need advance notice.”
Guess who’s happier with Mom at the end of the day…and guess who now drops by the kitchen more often to learn how to cook!