Parenting: Are child birthdays getting too much?
June 1, 2010 (WPVI) -- Action News viewers have spoken: according to our informal poll, birthdays for kids have gotten way too much!
We asked the members of our Action News Facebook page to tell us what they think about modern-day birthday celebrations for children. And from what you told us, most think the parties are more of a show-off for the parents, than an actual party for the kids.
Here are some of your comments:
Charlene Ransom: "When I was younger, we had a party... cake and ice cream, with maybe the number of your age as a candle. The guest list was planned every year in advance... me, my two brothers, and the two boys next door. Today, they spend hundreds of dollars on a party for babies!"
Jim Barr: "Yes, they have become more of a status thing for the parents then for a celebration for the child."
Randy Hoffman-Willis: "I spent almost $600 this year. At my kids school you can't send invitations in unless you invite the whole class. That's a pain to track down other parents."
Lauren Follett Borrell: "Yup, you gotta keep up with the Jones'."
Sherry Kowalsky: "I always kept it simple, but parents today seem like they have to out-do each other."
Jennifer Colby Hughes: "Not every family can afford to keep up with the other parties and then children feel left out and get teased for not having a cool birthday party."
Sammie Rhubart: "You see parents trying to out do other parents, and getting things that are WAY too expensive. A four-year-old does not need a petting zoo at their party. Take the kids to the zoo for the day, have some cake, and the kid will be more than happy."
Lynda Milazzo Paulus: "What happened to the good ole at home parties?"
Gerald Robinson: "Birthday parties for kids under eight is a waste of time. There! I said it!"
Deb Clary: "Parents trying to out-do one another. Insanity in this economy. Same with over-the-top weddings. Nobody remembers a year later what they had to eat at your $150/plate wedding."
These opinions are practically unanimous in our Facebook survey. For those of you looking to find a simpler, less expensive way to pull off a birthday party, here are some helpful links:
KEEPING PARTIES SIMPLE: http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art47541.asp
BIRTHDAYS WITHOUT PRESSURE: http://www.birthdayswithoutpressure.org/question.html
KEEPING THE PARTY UNDER CONTROL: http://www.familycorner.com/parenting/ages/birthday.shtml
LINK TO OUR FACEBOOK SURVEY: http://www.facebook.com/6abc.Actionnews?ref=ts#!/6abc.ActionNews?v=wall&story_fbid=129928920352090
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