Some days, I am reminded that there are some things I seriously need to improve on. My oldest son is very social and always has been. Because of that, he is constantly planning activities and inviting friends (notice the "s" on friend, because his planning always involves more than one child!) over for a variety of activities and sleepovers. I have said it before and I will say it again, this kid needs to live on a commune. And he can be "Julie" (of the Love Boat for you young'uns) and keep everyone's social and activities calendars organized and full.
As for the other two, well, I'm not as good at making sure they have friends over. Sous Chef recently had a friend stay all night. This was the first time he has done this, not counting the neighbor friends. He was so excited and I wonder why I didn't start encouraging this a little earlier! CJ is not ready for sleepovers, but I don't even do a good job of making sure he has regular playdates. Thankfully, he hangs tough and doesn't mind getting knocked around with the big boys.
I want my kids to have long lasting friendships with kids from school, sports teams and other kid activities. I want them to have friends over and to get invited over to their friends' houses, but honestly, I have SUCKED at guiding them into this. I do hope to do better. I even reminded Sous Chef he should think about inviting another friend for a sleepover. He already has picked out who it will be. Now if we can just find an open weekend!