I admit it… I have “terrible mother’s syndrome” written all over my face. I don’t like wasting money on birthday parties for children. Not only do I not like wasting my money on them, I don’t like making other people have to waste money on gifts that my “picky” children probably won’t like for more than a minute following opening them…
I am not sure my daughters even remember what they get on their birthdays since I
hide carefully put away some of their presents for a future date when they get tired of their current box o’ toys, and they “believe” the new present is really brand new…
So… in great “Mother’s guilt” fashion, I decided to start offering the “ultimate” gift… a hundred-dollar bill. My reasoning is this:
- It takes zero time to prepare or plan.
- It gives me a reason to go shopping.
- I am hoping they will start saving a bit of their money.
- They will buy themselves things they genuinely like.
- Did I mention I don’t have to plan a party?
Julia was the first to take the offer (smart girl)! She opted for money instead of a party. Her one request was to make a random day her family party day. The random day happened to be this past weekend. Julia wanted to paint pottery for her mini birthday, so off to pottery painting we went. Both girls decided to paint similar pieces. Talia chose a burger bank, Julia a puppy bank. I think I have an idea what the next few birthday “non-parties” might be like.
1 Win For Mom = √