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Old 10-04-2007, 10:36 PM
 
Location: Brentwood, TN
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I guess I am a 'bad' mom because we only had one party for our son (when he was 1). The others were family parties or just the three of us.

I can't afford (even if I could I wouldn't do it) these silly and competitive parties. I can take the money and buy my son nice gifts he can enjoy. We much prefer to do that.

Most of these parties are done by guilty/competitive, pushy parents. Who needs that?

No, you are a GOOD mom.

Nothing wrong with family parties ~ isn't that the way it should be at that age.
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Old 10-05-2007, 01:59 AM
 
Location: Happy in Utah
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We only do family parties as well, or take my son out to do something fun. We just grew up with family paries and non of us had a graduation party. Its just the way we were raised
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Old 11-07-2007, 08:46 PM
 
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We have had a birthday party at our house since our son turned 1.. He is now 5, but when he turned 5, we went to Chuck E CHeese. The reason for this is kinda selfish. We put the house up on the market and the day after his party, we were having an open house and I didn't want to be up until 3am cleaning for the showing. This year, after we move, if it's before his birthday, we will have a sleep over with 5 friends from his old school (his best friends). If we have not moved, then we will have a pizza party and go to the local park and play and hang out with the parents and do a party outside. Weather permitting. The other reason for going someplace other than our house, is that we have a condo and with 8 boys running around, it's loud and gets really messy!
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Old 08-28-2009, 08:01 AM
 
Location: Orlando, FL
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We dont do parties anymore. When our oldest son hit 8, we told him that he would still get presents from us, but we were going to start a new trend. We would take them away for the weekend of their choice ; we did set limits.

The first time we did this, my son choose Washington DC which was great. We really had a blast and got to see lots of interesting things.

My second son choose Great Wolf Lodge. Again we had a good family weekend and they enjoyed themselves.

dorothy
I love this idea!
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Old 08-30-2009, 07:10 AM
 
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We've done the family parties, but once our son got into preschool, and elementary, we did the bowling parties and swimming parties. We even had one of his parties at the Pizza Hut! He is now 10 and I told him from now on, he could have a couple of his friends over for a sleepover with pizza and cake. He didn't seem to mind that idea at all. It would have been nice if his btd was in the summer, so we could have just had cookouts at the local park, but his btd is in the dead of winter in Feb.
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Old 08-30-2009, 09:10 AM
 
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Obviously the one year old doesn't care, so these people are doing these parties for themselves, just like they buy their houses and cars and clothes to impress their friends, that's how they do their child's parties.

If they have the money - who cares, using their child is just one more excuse to throw a lavish party.
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