This week has been a very special week for Karl, my teen. Normally he drags himself out of bed by 11 or 12 but not this week, its too exciting!
Per my previous post, he started his FIRST JOB! He is working in an Unnamed Corporate Office as a paid intern, doing what he loves: technology. During the day he researches and analyses data, updates their databases and attends technology think-tanks. He’s super excited and so am I.
Yet even the excitement of his first job dims in comparison to his 16 birthday. In his mind, 16th is THE magic number. It means he can get his driver’s license, he can go out with friends unchaperoned and … he can date.
To celebrate this big occasion he wants a party. In his mind, he envisioned an MTV “Super Sweet 16″ at a luxe location, with tons of friends, a ginormous cake, and goody bags to make his technology heart drool. Of course, reality is very different! We’re having the party in my 2 bedroom apartment, with less than 50 people, and goody bags that make his budget conscious Mom swoon.
Was he disappointed?
Because he hasn’t had a birthday party since he turned ten! Parties in my household stop when my children hit the double digits. They are too expensive when combined with a gift.
Will he get a gift?
NOPE! His gift is the party. He had a choice to wait till he was 18 to receive a party and a car. He chose to get a party this year and forfeit the party at 18. He’ll still get the car if he does well in school. He also leaves the day after his party to go to Nashville, Tennessee. The trip is part of the “Youth About Business” Leadership program, I blogged about last year. As a mom, I try to offer programs that I would use myself, this is one such program. If you haven’t checked out the post, I definitely suggest you do! Its a GREAT program that has opened doors for my teen. In fact, they were the ones who offered him the paid internship!
In any event, I’ll be quite busy the remainder of this week. Karl’s party will be held on Saturday and he leaves Sunday morning at 8 am. It has definitely been a whirlwind week and culminates in just TWO MORE DAYS!
Do you have parties for your children once they become tweens? Would love to hear your thoughts/ ideas!
FYI: I may not post too often next week since I am alone with the little one. He is sure to miss his brother and will need more attention. I will however post a $80 CSN giveaway so stay tuned!!!