One of the main reasons I avoid sending my kids to birthday parties...the whole expectation of gifts. It just seems so wrong to EXPECT guests to bring a gift. I don't usually throw birthday parties for my kids but when I do I invite my friends and their kids and make sure they know that gifts are NOT expected but always appreciated. I make sure my kids know that they may not get gifts from everyone, nor should they expect it...the presence of their friends is gift enough for them.
They have never expected to gifts from anyone--friends or family. They don't even expect them from us, but they appreciate them.
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Answer by justanotherjen at 9:07 AM on Feb. 10, 2009
If I am in the habit of bringing a gift to a party - why wouldn't I expect a gift in return?
Your question was not "Are you raising your children to expect gifts..." - it was "Do you expect gifts...". Totally different.
I think it's just the last sentence that got to me - when I read it, it seemed very defensive. The "gift" from a parent may be time, may be special day without chores, may be a sheet of stickers, may be a pony - to each their own. The birthday you had at the Red Robin sounds great - so why does it sound like you're putting it down because it's "all you could afford"? Spending wildly on birthdays is not good parenting !
So - your children DO expects gifts on their birthday - the gift of a totally fun meal, a day w/out chores....see what I'm saying?
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