Just curious....Submitted by Templeton21 on Thu, 04/20/2017 - 1:31pm
I am just curious about how other moms handle kid's birthdays. What birthdays do you think are a big deal/special age? Personally I had a big party for each of my boy's 1st birthdays and just small parties for the other birthdays so far and feel like 13 and 16 and 18 are big ones. When I was growing up my parents didn't go all out with expensive elaborate parties on our birthdays and it never bothered me. I guess I'm asking because SD's birthday is coming up and she will be turning 10. BM is making a big deal out of the fact that she will be 10 and throwing her a party at a gymnastics facility. When she turned 8 she paid over $400 for a party at Skyzone (and expected my SO to pay half). He told her after that he wouldn't be doing that again b/c that is way to much for an 8 year old's birthday party and if she wanted to do parties like that she could but he wasn't contributing. My son just turned 10 in February. I can't afford big parties at amusement places or anything elaborate. I do try to still make it special but within reason. This year I told him he could have an indoor swim party at the local YMCA or he could have friends over to the house. He decided he wanted the party at home which was great and saved money! I was okay with that. He was perfectly happy with the party. I really don't care that BM wastes her money on these parties b/c that is her choice. I just feel like it gives SD the wrong idea about what really matters and adds to her spoiled/entitled attitude. Am I wrong, are 8 and 10 big landmark ages?!?! Also please not that I think it is ridiculous when I see my friends do this for every single bday as well....so it isn't just the BM that bothers me!