A few weeks ago I was talking to difficult child about confirmation in the fall. I was telling him that he needed to pick a confirmation name and someone to be his confirmation sponsor. Sister Anne Marie said that she talked to all of the 7th grade classes about this, but difficult child swears that he knew nothing about it. Anyway, difficult child asked who can be a sponsor and I told him that as faw as I knew the only requirements were that the person be a baptized and confirmed Catholic, and I suggested his grandfather or his uncle. Instead, his answer was, "I want you, Mom!" Not what I wanted for him, but if this is what he wants it's what he wants. This morning I was at a meeting for the parents of the kids making communion this spring (easy child) and the head of religious ed made a comment about how my kids were sort of books ends: one just starting and the other just ending. I brought up the confirmation sponsors to her and told her what difficult child wants and she told me that the Catholic Church has changed its rules. Confirmation candidates can not have a parent as a sponsor. Now, this is one of those things that can no either way with difficult child. Either he will say, "Okay" and go on his merry way and pick another choice, or he will have a screaming fit about it. How do I frame this conversation so that, even if he's disappointed that he can't have his first choice, he makes a second one willingly? Any suggestions would be helpful. Thank you.