My son is 14 and has a friend from little league and from school. They mostly play Xbox live, but often my son is asking if they can get together or have sleep overs. The friend wants to, and I am fine with it. The mother though kind of strings us along and in the end sometimes even says "no". It's getting old. She has a pretty tight hold on him and he is more bogged down with homework because he is GATE. On the other hand he play junior level little league and also travel ball so is life is not ALL about school. Yes he is far busier than my kid. Maybe that is the problem. My son has too much time and is too dependent on this one friend to be available to hang out. Nevertheless, I am annoyed by the mom because I hate flaky and because she sets the stage to disappoint my son. Last night on the phone I came right out and asked her if we could "count on" next saturday or is it a "maybe"? Pretty clear, right? I think my son needs more friends. We talk about that a lot. He brings a lot of this on himself because he doesn't try harder with others.