She's very disappointed.
Her friend always says NO to most of her invites. No permission from the mom, that's the real story.
Now, MC is really offended. Is something wrong with her, with us?
An overnight stay with us? No. She's only eight years old. Eight years old are not supposed to stay overnight in a strange house. Are we strange?
A visit in our mountain garden? No. She might get bitten with the dangerous ticks. Been visiting our mountain garden for years and see, mom? No tick bites.
A roll in the hay? No. She might get skin allergies. Well, my girls and I do get rashes after a roll in the hay, but we do feel the fun!
A church event? No. Unfortunately, they don't belong to any churches. My husband is Protestant, the girls and I are Roman Catholic, but we join both church activities!
Picking fruits? No. Some fruits are not yet good, you might get stomachache! Picking fresh fruits and munching on them right on the spot is a juicy experience. As for stomachache? There's the wonder of herbal teas!
Climbing trees? No. One might fall down. Well, they don't normally fall up!
Shower in the rain? No. Too cold, too hot, too rainy :-D Rain is always welcome, just dry yourselves up before coming in!
Swimming? No. Too cold, too hot, too dangerous. Or simply afraid of getting wet?
Watching a movie? No. Avatar is for kids 12 years old up only. Oh my, my girls saw that movie two times times with us already.
There's something wrong, right?
The thing is, let your kids decide!! It is by letting them go that they would learn how to stand up for themselves. Just let them know that you are there to support them, to help them, to guide them.