Back to Basics

Values & budget (in a big way) have made this stay @ home Mom go back to a simpler way of raising children.
From wardrobe to birthday parties, there ain't nobody keepin' up with the Jones' in this house!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Party Present Pet Peeve

Okay, so I get that not all parents out there have the time or even the desire to plan a birthday party for their kids at home.  It requires a lot of time and effort.  I sooooo get that.  I'm all for a good time at an indoor playground, or princess party, or even the circus.  The kids love it and I love to see them have fun.  But here's where I get bummed out.  What happened to the tradition of watching the birthday girl or boy open their presents?  I used to (and still do) LOVE seeing the expression on my friends' faces when they opened the gift that I chose for them.  Until I moved to Ontario, I had never been to a party where the kids did not open the presents the guests brought for them.  In my less than humble opinion, I think it's impolite NOT to open the gifts.  Someone took the time, effort and money to try to pick the perfect gift and you don't have the wherewithall to open it and say thanks? I also believe that now is the time for our kids to experience and learn what it feels like to give to others.  It feels great to receive but often better to give.  We recently hosted a "Baby & Me Tea Party" birthday at our house (more on that later).  The kids were soooooo excited when it came time for our daughter to open her gifts they nearly went insane.  They were practically climbing on her to give her the gift that they brought.  They were so proud of themselves for making Abby happy.  This is our chance Moms & Dads.  Let your guests see your child receive their gifts and give them the opportunity to feel the joy that they themselves can bring to others.  It's also a wonderful opportunity for kids to learn to express gratitude.  It should be done on site and in person.  End of rant. (phew, I feel much better now. teehee)


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