Where would you rather have your children spend time? Do they come to your house or do they always stay at their friends’ homes? I always wanted my kids in my home – I could better control what they did. This started in preschool and continued through high school. My husband and I hosted almost every cast party that our town’s schools had for almost 16 years. Was it hard? Yes and no. Would I do it all over again? Yes!
High school parties were the hardest. My husband and I were present and apparently annoying by being present. So what stopped the kids from not finding another “cooler” house? RULES! We had very strict rules.
1 – Once you arrived at the party, you stayed until you left. You could not leave and come back.
2- If you had driven yourself to the party, you relinquished your keys until you said thank you and left.
3- Your bags were inspected. Your “water” was opened and tasted. Your clothes needed to be appropriate.
4- You didn’t have to impress anyone. You had to be “good” or you were asked to leave.
Amazing, isn’t it, that all the kids – once they were grown – all said that we hosted the best parties!