Is it just me or are birthday parties for kids getting seriously out of hand these days? What is up with the over-the-top themes, prizes, rental products, fancy cakes, and pricey goodie bags? Are these parents trying to buy friends for their children or make up for the fact that their kid acts like a spoiled brat all the time?
Parents start with a splashy first birthday party and then are forced to up the ante with each birthday party after. By the time a kid hits 12, mom and dad have depleted the college savings account and are dipping into their retirement fund. What happens to families today when they have spent every last dime on birthday parties? Will the deprived children rise up in protest, burning everything in sight? Probably.
Before the birthday party apocalypse is upon us, I am calling on every parent and every family to change your ways! Repent of this senseless spending and excessive celebrating! So what if your child has made it through another year, that has more to do with your achievements than theirs.
So next time your child’s birthday rolls around, get a babysitter and go out and celebrate the fact that you have successfully completed another parenting year. If you wish to include others in your celebration, maybe you could have a nice backyard barbecue.
You could even let your kids be there for it. If they bring you a present for your year of parenting.