I never quite know how to handle birthday parties for the girls. I mean, I know what to do with their party, but what about the ones for friends at school?
Lately, we’ve been inundated with birthday party invites for school friends on the weekends.
Every party thus far, save one, we’ve had a prior engagement and haven’t been able to attend.
But, I wonder.
Do you attend every school friend’s birthday party? Do you pick and choose the ones that are your kids’ “best” friend? Or the ones where you know the parents? And gifts? If we went to every party, it would cost a pretty penny.
This year was the first year we let our oldest invite a school friend. She invited one. It’s her BFF for the past two years. (Don’t worry, I didn’t stick an invite in her box or anything like that. I contacted her mom directly!)
I don’t know how to handle this new element.
One that was completely surprising to me was a sleep over. For 4 and 5 year olds. It started at 4pm and went until the next morning. Immediately, I knew that we wouldn’t allow our 4 year old to go. I didn’t know the parents (except maybe seeing them at a school drop off) and quite frankly, I think that a sleep over with a bunch of 4 and 5 year olds is too much.
I don’t know the right age for a sleepover party, but I just don’t think this is it.
It makes me nervous and uncomfortable. And, honestly, my mom radar starts a-buzzing immediately.
(Now, I will say that we’ve done one sleepover with a really good friends’ child in an emergency, but I think this is different. Just want to be forthcoming!)
What do you do for classmates’ birthday parties? And, would you let your 4 or 5 year old go do a sleep over party?