The high school graduation season can unleash a host of conflicting feelings, excitement, apprehension, pride and relief. Beginning in January, the reality of years in a public or private school system coming to an end begins to sink in for both parents and teens. With each “senior” activity or, “This is the last time I’ll ever do this,” the prospect of a future with open horizons, a home with one less teen in it or having to adjust to an empty nest looms closer. Many graduation activities fall within the school’s domain. But there’s one very special event that’s completely the family’s: the graduation party.
No matter where you live, winter weather can be unpredictable. Having a winter birthday often limits you to an indoor party, and your tween might enjoy a snowball-themed party at home. Plus, the intimate setting of a home party gives you a chance to know your tween’s friends better.
It seems like kids’ birthday parties are getting out of hand these days, with parents trying to top each other for some non-existent ‘Most Elaborate Party’ award! It can be difficult – if not impossible – to keep up with the intricate and often highly-structured parties that are thrown by our child’s friends and classmates. Whether your child is in school, is home schooled or is not yet even in preschool, the politics of birthday parties affect everyone. Save your sanity by considering some of the options and tips below.
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