I just had to write about this and I need to know what other people think.
If your kid, who is school age, gets invited to a birthday party, do you bring your other children along?
Please say no. Please say you don't so I know that I am not alone here. Well, I actually know I'm not alone because my friend and I were talking about this yesterday and she is so on my side. Or really, I'm on her side because she was the one who brought it up.
I am not talking about if you are going to a little family party or a party for your friends' children. Then, by all means bring the whole fam along. But if your 6 year old gets invited to a party someplace like Chuck E. Cheese and it's for a classmate that your other children clearly do not know, would you bring along your other child(ren)?
I know your other kids may be bummed that they didn't get to go. But guess what, little Johnny? You will get your chance to go to your own friend's party someday and your older sister Sue won't get to go. That's life, buddy.
Not only do I think that you shouldn't bring the other kid(s) along...I think that you most certainly should not call the parent of the birthday boy or girl and see what they think. All you are doing is putting them on the spot. Then the parent feels bad and says yes when clearly your other kid WAS NOT invited. Then what? Do they have to make an extra goody bag? Does your other kid sing happy birthday and partake in the cake eating fesitivites? Or do you put them off by themselves with a fountain soda and a crappy slice of pizza and hope they don't put up a fight?
My oldest is in 1st grade and she is SO on the party circuit this year. The girl has been to more parties in one year than I have been to in a decade. It's getting out of hand. But I will tell you this. Not once did I bring along my 3 year old. It would have ended badly for everyone involved, trust me. Plus, I would never do that. She wasn't invited to that party. She needs to learn that about life. (Even though more than once I just told her we were going to something for school and most definitely NOT a party. It was kind of true. They were parties for school friends.)
But again, someday my 3 year old will go to a party and her older or younger sister won't get to go. It's all relative.
I would love to know what other people think about this. Please share your thoughts!!!