Children’s birthday parties: Stop the madness!

Children’s birthday parties: Stop the madness!
News from MSN Money:

Show of hands: Who here remembers his first birthday party?

Yes, that does sound silly. But when Dr. Bill Doherty became a grandfather, he was startled to learn his daughter was being asked what kind of “bash” she would throw when the baby turned one.

A professor of family social science at the University of Minnesota, Doherty visited a party store and saw “shelf upon shelf of first-birthday items.” He also overheard this interaction between a woman and her son, who looked to be about 9 years old.

Boy: “This one’s nice.”
Mom: “That’s not your color scheme!”

This led Doherty and others to create the Birthdays Without Pressure project, a series of conversations about and strategies to combat birthday-party madness.

Increasingly pressured to keep up with the pint-sized Joneses, parents are spending hundreds or even thousands of dollars on fetes at commercial venues or home parties that feature live entertainment, pony rides, bounce-house rentals, and party bags crammed with toys and treats.

Do kids expect this? Too often they do. One child complain…………… continues on MSN Money

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Mother arrested for inviting strippers to 16-year-old son’s birthday party
News from Raw Story:

By Eric W. Dolan
Monday, February 18, 2013 18:21 EST

A woman in New York was arrested Monday for allegedly hiring strippers to attend her 16-year-old son’s birthday party.

Judy Viger, 33, has been charged with five counts of endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor.

Police said Viger paid for two adult female entertainers to perform “personal and intimate dances” at the birthday party at Spare Time Bowling Center in South Glens Falls last year. The party was attended by five teens younger than 17.

“The charges stem from an allegation that she endangered not only the welfar…………… continues on Raw Story

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