Best Blanket Fort EVER

The kids love to build blanket forts in the living room. And in their rooms. And the hallways. Sometimes outside. Pretty much anywhere, really. We draw the line at the bathrooms, though. There are limits.

It’s really fun to see their creativity blossom and spill out into our living space. It’s not as fun to trip over all that creativity, so we get many opportunities to work on our “we clean up our own messes” philosophy as well.

But overall it’s a wonderful practice that I hope stays strong and vibrant as we all get older. I plan to keep joining them for as long as I can.

I knew that it helped develop their spatial/engineering brains, but I was a little surprised to see last weekend that it also is exercising their hospitality. Because what good is a blanket fort if your guests don’t feel truly and wholeheartedly welcomed?


Don’t you just feel incredibly welcome?

Who’s up for building some blanket forts?

Bar None

Dinner with My Oldest, age 13.

Olive Garden Hostess: “Would you two like to wait for a table or just sit in the bar?”

Me: “Uh… How old do you think she is?”

Hostess: (horrified stare)

Me: “She’s 13.”

Hostess: “Oh my god! Really? I’m so sorry.”

Oldest: “It’s OK.”

Me: “No. No, it is not.”