This weekend was a big one for Miranda…she hosted her first slumber party with a friend from church. I was a little cautious since Miranda was only 4 (and a half) and her friend was 7, but they play great together, so I figured it would be fun.
The afternoon started off great, but then about an hour into the slumber party, I experienced one of the biggest drawbacks to having an only child…they don’t always like to share. Miranda had several temper tantrums that landed her in time out, right in front of her friend. I could see that she was terribly embarrassed, but I knew it had to be done.
I took Miranda into her room and asked, “Which toys can she play with?”
In between sobs, Miranda responded, “My books.”
“Just your books, nothing else?” Seriously?!?
“But they’re mine!!” Miranda eyes erupted in more tears.
Then I had the opportunity to teach my daughter a lesson on selfishness. “Miranda, you have a choice to make here. You can share your toys and have a friend with you to play with, or you can keep all your toys to yourself and lose your friend.”
She thought about that for a few moments, then, “OK, I’ll share.”
And that was the end of it. They played so well for the rest of the evening. There were a few minor incidents (Miranda can be a little bossy) but they worked it out by themselves. I was proud to see Miranda turn her attitude around so quickly.
This is just the beginning of our Slumber Party Adventures. I hope they all turn out as fun as this one did…well, once Miranda learned how to share!