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Pinatas at birthday parties

Posted by on Nov. 22, 2013 at 3:29 PM
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I was just reading the Dear Heloise column in my local newspaper. A mother wrote in to say that, when planning her child's birthday party, another mother commented that her daughter had been confused by a pinata at a birthday party she attended.  She is taught to not hit, but now was being told to hit something that looked like a character in her favorite tv show.  The mother who wrote in said we need to think about the inconsistencies we present to our children.  Heloise printed the note without comment.

I personally think children are smart enough to know the difference between hitting people & hitting a pinata.

What do you think?

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Bookwormy
by Bronze Member on Nov. 22, 2013 at 3:33 PM
I'm not a huge fan personally. I think they're messed up, but we allow them.
GwenMB
by Gwen on Nov. 22, 2013 at 3:35 PM

Why do you think they are messed up?

Quoting Bookwormy:

I'm not a huge fan personally. I think they're messed up, but we allow them.


wakymom
by Ruby Member on Nov. 22, 2013 at 3:38 PM

 While we've never had one, my kids have been to parties that did. They know the difference between hitting real people/animals and hitting an object that looks like a person/animal.

Teach your kids the difference and there shouldn't be a problem.

 

 

 

Bookwormy
by Bronze Member on Nov. 22, 2013 at 3:39 PM
They are indeed aggressive. Usually they are loaded with candy & cheap toys. I don't see anything positive in that.

Quoting GwenMB:

Why do you think they are messed up?

Quoting Bookwormy:

I'm not a huge fan personally. I think they're messed up, but we allow them.


jaytee
by Jen on Nov. 22, 2013 at 4:02 PM

 I agree with you

GwenMB
by Gwen on Nov. 22, 2013 at 4:47 PM

Exactly.  Hitting an inanimate object can even be therapeutic (not that a pinata is designed that way, though).

Quoting wakymom:

 While we've never had one, my kids have been to parties that did. They know the difference between hitting real people/animals and hitting an object that looks like a person/animal.

Teach your kids the difference and there shouldn't be a problem.

 

 

 


kLynch315
by Bronze Member on Nov. 22, 2013 at 4:52 PM
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We had one at my son's 6th birthday. It is meant for fun and kids know the difference between hitting an object and a person. As a kid, I never ever thought that hitting a pinata was equivalent to hitting a person. 

GwenMB
by Gwen on Nov. 22, 2013 at 5:14 PM

Yeah, I'm just not seeing how a child is confused by this. It makes me wonder how old the child in the Dear Heloise column was.

Quoting kLynch315:

We had one at my son's 6th birthday. It is meant for fun and kids know the difference between hitting an object and a person. As a kid, I never ever thought that hitting a pinata was equivalent to hitting a person. 


saltlifemama
by Bronze Member on Nov. 22, 2013 at 6:57 PM
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Wow..... I think that is a stretch. My kids have had them and I have taken some to school for class parties. It hasn't induced any violent behavior that I have seen.

lenashark
by Member on Nov. 22, 2013 at 7:00 PM
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My son has a pinata at his birthday parties, this years was shaped like a pirate ship, and he's been to many parties with pinatas. He has never had a problem with hitting. Kids understand the difference between hitting someone and breaking open an inanimate object to get candy, they are smarter than what some peopel give them credit for.

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