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Some birthday party rules for kids

Carolyn Hax on

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Dear Carolyn:

We have hit the age of the full-class invite to birthday parties. Yet, I am unlikely to throw a full-class party. Or maybe in a few years. Is it bad form for my kid to attend if it's not a close friend and she didn't invite/won't be inviting the kid to her (very small) party? Is it OK to decline just because we need family time? How much say should the kid get in attendance?

-- Anonymous

No, you don't have to throw big parties;

No, you don't have to skip big parties just because you don't throw them;

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Yes, it's OK to decline just because you need family time;

Yes, your kid should have some say in deciding whether to go, of course.

Please always be mindful of the feelings of the child for whom the party is being thrown. Apply as needed.

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