A Call for the End of Birthday Party Presents

Having my kids attend birthday parties is a budget item in my life – one that is expensive, and annoying, and time consuming. And so, I make a call for the end of having to buy other kids birthday presents. Below, I have drafted an email that I plan to send to any parent who invites my child to a birthday party, effective immediately. Feel free to use this email in your own social circles. I like providing useful tools like this to my friends....more
Hehehe.  I never buy expensive gifts for others parties.  I also like when some of the families ... more

No Kids Came to His Birthday Party -- and I Don't Appreciate It!

The Universe kicked my butt today a little bit in the form of Michael's no-kids-came birthday party. I'm tough and can handle stuff like that, but I felt badly for Michael. Here's the thing: I appreciate the dad who came by with a gift and said his kid had stayed up too late, got up too early and was just a whipped mess. That was cool of him to come by and give a gift and explain. That is a stand-up person. I appreciate the person who has a long drive and called to say she was having a hard time getting all her kids together....more
But, that sucks.  Sorry to hear that and I agree.  People should be more courteous, because you ... more

No Kids Came to His Birthday Party -- and I Don't Appreciate It!

The Universe kicked my butt today a little bit in the form of Michael's no-kids-came birthday party. I'm tough and can handle stuff like that, but I felt badly for Michael. Here's the thing: I appreciate the dad who came by with a gift and said his kid had stayed up too late, got up too early and was just a whipped mess. That was cool of him to come by and give a gift and explain. That is a stand-up person. I appreciate the person who has a long drive and called to say she was having a hard time getting all her kids together....more
We have always had small parties for my son.  His first birthday was just family and a very ... more