Awesome fun!! Activities, games, music, trampolines, foodage, you name it! Fun for everyone!
The eldest daughter and I went to one of her friend’s birthday party. It was me and her.
We all had a great time with great food and awesome company.
Then came the time to start the ball rolling to leave and head home, or what I like to call, extraction!
I did think of my game plan for a few seconds before I executed the first phase. So I decided 10 minute, 5 minute, then 1 minute warnings, then leave.
I gave the 10 minute warning and all was well.
I gave the 5 minute warning and all was well.
I then completely skipped the 1 minute warning and 5 minutes later, I went to find her.
I found her upstairs in her friend’s bedroom, with her friend, reading The Gruffalo. I also discovered that they had just got past the first page. So I thought that it should only take 5 minutes to read to themselves and as her friend asked whether they could finish the book, I obliged and decide to come back in 5 minutes.
5 minutes later, I went back up just to hear the last words of the story being read. When the story had finished, I gave a knock at the door (which surprised them, I think) and stated that it was time for Bea to put her shoes on to go home.
When we got downstairs, I realised that I had totally jumped the gun on departure and missed a vital part of the party.
“Chocolate egg hunt in the garden!” So we stayed and finished the egg hunt.
My highlight post-egg hunt, was that as soon as Bea got inside, she unwrapped the chocolate egg and scoffed it before I had a chance to get her attention! A very clever skill.
Now this is the point where everyone was going but Bea wanted to stay, so I took the coward’s way out and offered bait.
“Shall we go and take the car to the car wash?” I said.
“Yes!” was the response.
And out we went.
I’m still thinking about whether that was the best way to encourage her out.
Should I have explained it to her? Or was she too excited?
Should I have been more strict and stuck to the time I’d say we would go.
When this situation happens again, and oh it will, I will report back after trying one of the potential solutions.
Any one out there have any suggestions?