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Parents say "enough" as child parties go wild
Reuters ^ | January 17, 2007 | Belinda Goldsmith

Posted on 01/17/2007 4:20:52 PM PST by Ptarmigan

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That's just plain messed up. When I was a kid, we did not spend much money on birthdays, yet we had lots of fun. Sigh. Good childhood memories.
1 posted on 01/17/2007 4:20:55 PM PST by Ptarmigan
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To: Ptarmigan

I see nothing wrong with it. I just can't wait to see what happens when these little spoiled brats get to the real world.


2 posted on 01/17/2007 4:21:59 PM PST by RushCrush (War out!)
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To: Ptarmigan

Really? When I was a kid, my parents flew me to New York once each week for my own private sleep over at FAO Schwarz's. It was lots of fun, and I think I'm a better person because of it.


3 posted on 01/17/2007 4:22:52 PM PST by Alter Kaker ("Whatever tears one sheds, in the end one always blows one's nose." - Heine)
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To: Ptarmigan

Just raising the next generation of pricks, thats all.


4 posted on 01/17/2007 4:24:48 PM PST by Husker24
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To: Ptarmigan
Or the sleepover party at New York's upmarket FAO Schwarz toy store on ritzy Fifth Avenue where a store spokeswoman said prices start from $25,000?

Now that just plain damm nuts

5 posted on 01/17/2007 4:24:56 PM PST by Charlespg (Peace= When we trod the ruins of Mecca and Medina under our infidel boots.)
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To: Ptarmigan

but...but...but...I thought the economy is in horrible shape because of Bush and we are all a paycheck away from homelessness.


6 posted on 01/17/2007 4:24:56 PM PST by ilgipper
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To: RushCrush
I see nothing wrong with it. I just can't wait to see what happens when these little spoiled brats get to the real world.

It's already happening around here. They will live the script, fail, and become our problem when it all collapses and their widow-fleecing, paper shuffling no-real-skills careers evaporate, leaving them their $4000/month mortgages and leased SUV's, and not a clue about how to survive.

They will walk away, find another script, we'll all pay higher interest rates and taxes to cover their defaults, and they will move on and on.

Because They Are Special.

A gracious few will suicide. The rest will be discarded by their mates on their fortieth birthday.

7 posted on 01/17/2007 4:27:52 PM PST by Gorzaloon (Global Warming: A New Kind Of Scientology for the Rest Of Us.)
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To: Ptarmigan
Or the sleepover party at New York's upmarket FAO Schwarz toy store on ritzy Fifth Avenue where a store spokeswoman said prices start from $25,000?

I assume that the poor kids have to settle for sleepovers at Toys R' Us.

8 posted on 01/17/2007 4:28:24 PM PST by lowbridge ("I wonder if he's in touch with the critics out there, like Matt Damon, the actor" -Chris Matthews)
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To: Alter Kaker
Well, my parents rented out the zoos and various museums for me and my friends all over the world...I think I am better off because of it....wait where is my Gucci bag, damn I left in the Jag or was it at the spa....help I broke a nail and where is my therapists number? my pills where are my pills ? I think I better check into the hospital because of exhaustion.....really I am just fine (hic)
9 posted on 01/17/2007 4:28:55 PM PST by Kimmers (It's not what you take when you leave this world behind, it's what you leave behind when you go)
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To: Ptarmigan

As kids my brothers, sisters and I felt like we were treated like royalty for the day - no chores on our birthday, AND we got to say what we'd have for dinner! We loved it.


10 posted on 01/17/2007 4:33:20 PM PST by Theresawithanh (Well, lah-tee-freaking-dah!!!)
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To: Ptarmigan
We literally played with "ta-da"s. (Cardboard tubes with cellophane attached to one end with a rubber band.)

It was a lot of fun.
11 posted on 01/17/2007 4:40:13 PM PST by BenLurkin
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To: Ptarmigan

Are these the children of the porn-rich?


12 posted on 01/17/2007 4:40:16 PM PST by donna
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To: Kimmers

I detect a bit of class envy here. Talk about stereotypes.


13 posted on 01/17/2007 4:43:26 PM PST by Hildy (Words are mere bubbles of water...but deeds are drops of gold.)
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To: Ptarmigan

to do less would be abusing the "children"


14 posted on 01/17/2007 4:44:22 PM PST by sure_fine (*not one to over kill the thought process*)
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To: Ptarmigan

It ain't the kids that are messed up -- it's the parents that are messed up.

Kids can have fun with a home-made cake around a formica kitchen table and a few games like pin the tail on the donkey and bobbling for apples. They. Don't. Care. Not about things like stretch limos and F.A.O. Schwartz.

It's the parents that are behaving badly -- using their kids as the trigger a weird modern form of potlatch. The parents need to be spanked and sent to bed without supper.


15 posted on 01/17/2007 4:44:39 PM PST by No Truce With Kings (The opinions expressed are mine! Mine! MINE! All Mine!)
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To: Ptarmigan

Thankfully, 75% of my kids have their birthday in June, so it's the the traditional pool party, cake and ice cream. I'm sure kids have just as much fun at my kids parties, maybe even more, than these rich kids parties.

Dads who hang out gett all the beer they care to drink, btw, and moms get my world famous high speed mudlsides.


16 posted on 01/17/2007 4:45:41 PM PST by Fierce Allegiance ("Campers laugh at clowns behind closed doors.")
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To: Hildy; Kimmers

Geez, hildy, break your funny bone again? You must be HELL to live with.


17 posted on 01/17/2007 4:47:19 PM PST by Fierce Allegiance ("Campers laugh at clowns behind closed doors.")
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To: ilgipper
but...but...but...I thought the economy is in horrible shape because of Bush and we are all a paycheck away from homelessness.

The economy is in the dumper, and the evil rich people wasting this money is why I plan to introduce Senate legislation banning these wasteful practices, and confiscating transferring the cash to Democrat government coffers instead. It is time we taxed the rich more, if they can waste this much money on their children, instead of donating it to The Village that should be raising them.

I expect Speaker Pelosi to join me in this effort by introducing similar legislation in the House.

Oh, and it IS Bush's fault!

(ss) Hillary

18 posted on 01/17/2007 4:51:31 PM PST by ApplegateRanch (Islam: a Satanically Transmitted Disease, spread by unprotected intimate contact with the Koranus.)
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To: Ptarmigan
Gee it is their money but this seems to be a bit much when the kids are so young.

Maybe it is one of those "more for the parent then the kid" things like designer baby clothes.

19 posted on 01/17/2007 4:53:11 PM PST by Harmless Teddy Bear (We must have faith For when it is all said and done, Faith manages. And the impossible is achieved)
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To: Hildy

Hi Hildy!

IMHO, everybody is just reacting to the sheer idiocy of this sappy not news article. If it is true, and with Reuters it is always a big IF, then I would say that the comments are pretty rational.

I'm from a large, poor family. Lots of kids, so nobody had a birthday. How envious we were of neighborhood kids who had cakes and balloons and presents. Thus, our collective resolve was born. We all worked hard, became successful, got seriously upwardly mobile, and now...we don't want the birthdays!! God is a very funny guy!


20 posted on 01/17/2007 4:56:00 PM PST by ishabibble (ALL-AMERICAN INFIDEL)
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To: RushCrush

If you wanna see a preview of these children's future, watch "My Super Sweet 16" on MTV.

You'll see the most vain, superficial, shallow, overdramatic, demanding, daddy's-girl, greedy, materialistic little bee-atches the world has ever seen.

Don't ask me.


21 posted on 01/17/2007 4:56:51 PM PST by El Conservador ("No blood for oil!"... Then don't drive, you moron!!!)
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To: No Truce With Kings

I remember the birthday cake and games as a kid. Good times.


22 posted on 01/17/2007 5:01:19 PM PST by Ptarmigan (Ptarmigans will rise again!)
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To: No Truce With Kings

You're right. What was I thinking? I feel for the kid.


23 posted on 01/17/2007 5:02:05 PM PST by Ptarmigan (Ptarmigans will rise again!)
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To: El Conservador

oh, come on. These kids are handpicked. No doubt there are spoiled ones...but even they can grow up. They're on 16. I have some very wealthy friends who have thrown incredibly lavish parties for their children. Their children are well-behaved, smart, respectful kids. Please don't measure this current generation by what you see on MTV. It will only depress you. It's good TV, it makes you glad you're not that wealthy.and that's something! But it's just not indicative of the real world.


24 posted on 01/17/2007 5:03:00 PM PST by Hildy (Words are mere bubbles of water...but deeds are drops of gold.)
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To: Ptarmigan
If the children were better behaved and they and their parents were nicer people, maybe they wouldn't have to buy friends.
25 posted on 01/17/2007 5:04:46 PM PST by Question_Assumptions
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To: Fierce Allegiance

If what you wrote was actually funny...then we'd be having a different discussion.


26 posted on 01/17/2007 5:04:55 PM PST by Hildy (Words are mere bubbles of water...but deeds are drops of gold.)
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To: Fierce Allegiance

If what you wrote was actually funny...then we'd be having a different discussion.


27 posted on 01/17/2007 5:04:55 PM PST by Hildy (Words are mere bubbles of water...but deeds are drops of gold.)
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When I was a kid, I had a great 10th B-day party.It was Oct 30th and we had a costume party with a bonfire in the field, hay bales, caramel apples, and my uncle's friend played guitar for us. That's high living right there!
of course, when I was 18, we went to Maggiano's Italian Restaurant in Atlanta and it cost around $400 for 9 people to eat(no alcohol, either). That's about as expensive as we got, and only for a very special birthday.


28 posted on 01/17/2007 5:09:39 PM PST by Libertarianchick
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To: Ptarmigan

"Camping out" with friends in a tent in the back yard with "Jiffy Pop" Popcorn in the aluminum pan!

Not understanding that your flashlights, and voices, could be detected outside the tent when it's 3 am and you're keeping the neighborhood awake!


29 posted on 01/17/2007 5:10:02 PM PST by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: Ptarmigan

A friend of mine is the son of a hollywood star from the 50s and early 60s, and his birthday party used to be a private party at Disneyland, with Walt Disney there. (His mom starred in some Disney films). So, this is nothing new, just a sign that more people have lots of money.


30 posted on 01/17/2007 5:11:01 PM PST by Defiant (Obama as President would make us an Obama Nation.)
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To: Hildy

No class envy from me....I was being sarcastic.....


31 posted on 01/17/2007 5:12:49 PM PST by Kimmers (It's not what you take when you leave this world behind, it's what you leave behind when you go)
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To: Ptarmigan
These are people with too much money and time on their hands...

... and the same goes for their children.

32 posted on 01/17/2007 5:16:33 PM PST by Gritty (Citizens of advanced western democracies are increasingly the world’s wrinkliest teenagers-Mk Steyn)
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I have a friend who throws big birthday parties for her little girl, starting when she was like 2 years old! They aren't extravagant...But what gets me is the mom invites all of her adult friends, not the little girls' friends. There were 30 people at the last one. What's wrong with that? It makes the kid think that she is the center of the universe! She will keep expecting bigger and better parties as she gets older. Funny, her mom has always seemed to place importance on her own birthday, expecting parties and attention herself. Interesting...

They had a bit about this on the radio the other day. One lady called in to say she plans her kid's party four months in advance! And she was calling to say it's okay because she is teaching the kid "event planning" and "budgeting" skills. Yea, right. That kid is going to expect people to pull down the moon for him. Wouldn't want to be his future employer.

Me? When I was like 3 or 4, my parents had a little party for me with neighbor kids. When they sang "Happy Birthday" to me, I cried! I didn't want all that attention. That was the end of the birthday parties for me, as far as I can remember.


33 posted on 01/17/2007 5:18:02 PM PST by Abigail Adams
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To: Alter Kaker

I always appreciated your parents inviting me, too. Thanks! (I'm the one who always brought you a goldfish for a present.)


34 posted on 01/17/2007 5:18:19 PM PST by Rte66
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To: Fierce Allegiance

Will you share your mud slide recipe?


35 posted on 01/17/2007 5:19:27 PM PST by condi2008
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To: Ptarmigan
I have a friend who peaked in high school, star athlete, won several achievement awards, got several scholarships to go to prestigious schools... Unfortunately, those were his glory days and he has spent the rest of his life remembering them, but never living up to them nor matching them.

It seems to me that these parents are giving these kids childhood experiences that can never be equaled nor matched again in their lives. So, do those kids turn into snobs or brats who are never satisfied by "normal" experiences? Expectations, hopes and dreams are better than childhood memories of excess.

36 posted on 01/17/2007 5:20:25 PM PST by GBA (God Bless America!)
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To: Fierce Allegiance

When I was faced with giving a birthday party for my grandson, when he turned 9 years old, I started looking around at what other parents were doing. Mostly, they gave sleep-overs.

Our home is not large enough to accommodate 10 rowdy boys overnight. We don't have a pool. Our yard is not large, etc. etc.

There were several options: There is a "sports arena" with sporting gear: batting cages, basketball hoops, etc., which supervised games. One can rent it for about $15 per child. Includes refreshments. One could rent space where a "magic show" could be viewed, complete with refreshments, and the "motor speedway" was waaaaay too expensive.

So, we settled on taking 10 boys to an indoor "rock climbing" place. We paid about $12 per boy for them to climb, with supervision. We provided the refreshments.

It was probably much more expensive than the parties I had when I was his age, but I guess times have changed, and birthday parties have definitely been upgraded in the past 50 years.


37 posted on 01/17/2007 5:21:49 PM PST by i_dont_chat (I have the right to offend. You can take offense or not.)
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To: Ptarmigan

We used to spend a certain amount of time on the Upper East Side, and whenever we walked down Fifth Avenue we'd go into FAO Schwartz with the kids.

We couldn't really afford to buy anything, but it's kind of a fairy wonderland, or at least it was. I haven't been there in recent years. They had slides the kids could go down, large toy animals they could ride, and all sorts of marvellous things to look at.

Then we'd stop and look at the jewelry in the Tiffany's window. I hate to shop, and I'd never buy any of that kind of stuff, but some of it was pretty beautiful to just stop and admire for a minute.


38 posted on 01/17/2007 5:23:56 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: condi2008

Half mudslide mix, half captains morgan spiced rum and a quarter hersheys chocolate (i know, it's more than 100% :). Keep adding ice into the blender until it becomes too stiff to mix, then cut it back with more rum. Repeat until it's nearly flammable, then add some more chocolate.

Line the glass with a layer of chocolate, pour in the mdslide mix, top with whipped cream and a maraschino cherry.


39 posted on 01/17/2007 5:27:41 PM PST by Fierce Allegiance ("Campers laugh at clowns behind closed doors.")
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To: i_dont_chat

I hear you. Since my divorce, the pool parties are out, so The Sportsplex, similar to what you describe, will probably make some money off me, or I may do the local cruise line around the islands in my town. Either way, it's more cash than i have ever spent before.


40 posted on 01/17/2007 5:30:20 PM PST by Fierce Allegiance ("Campers laugh at clowns behind closed doors.")
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To: Kimmers

Some people are either too cranky or just too dumb to get it. Sorry you caught crap from FR's Cranky Granny Squad.


41 posted on 01/17/2007 5:32:08 PM PST by Fierce Allegiance ("Campers laugh at clowns behind closed doors.")
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To: lowbridge; Fierce Allegiance
I assume that the poor kids have to settle for sleepovers at Toys R' Us.

We po' fo'k slept over at the KB Toys store.

After they went bankrupt.

42 posted on 01/17/2007 5:34:01 PM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: GBA
I have a friend who peaked in high school, star athlete, won several achievement awards, got several scholarships to go to prestigious schools... Unfortunately, those were his glory days and he has spent the rest of his life remembering them, but never living up to them nor matching them.

Did he marry a redhead and sell shoes?

43 posted on 01/17/2007 5:34:14 PM PST by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: Theresawithanh

Thats what my family did too. Once in awhile if the birthday fell on a Saturday or Sunday we would get to go to a movie. Now I get to go out to dinner and thats just fine.


44 posted on 01/17/2007 5:34:36 PM PST by pandoraou812 ( zero tolerance to the will of Allah and dilligaf?)
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To: ApplegateRanch
Absolutely, we must end the inequalities of income once and for all. No child left at FAO Schwartz. The children who can't afford this will be traumatized and develop low self esteem. Democrats will deal with income inequality in their first 100 hours.

We'll take that exorbitant party money and harvest it for use in research against global warming and harmful sonar. We'll use it to teach kids not to eat meat or trust religion. We'll end military spending and fully fund the arts and entitlements for our millions of new citizens. My comrades, the North American village is within our grasp! We need little but a Democratic President to arm the detonator!

45 posted on 01/17/2007 5:35:26 PM PST by Sender ("Great powers should never get involved in the politics of small tribes.")
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To: Fierce Allegiance
I may do the local cruise line around the islands in my town.

Make HER row.

46 posted on 01/17/2007 5:35:50 PM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: martin_fierro

Man, you must be from the rich section of town. We went to the toy department at Zayres. At least mom got us a greasy cold bag of popcorn (to share). They had this cool water bubbler too, that if you sucked hard enough would actually let water flow through the gum stuck in it.


47 posted on 01/17/2007 5:38:23 PM PST by Fierce Allegiance ("Campers laugh at clowns behind closed doors.")
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To: RushCrush
I see nothing wrong with it. I just can't wait to see what happens when these little spoiled brats get to the real world.

There are specialty party places that are big business for themed kid's parties. I personally think they are great for parents who decide to go that route. They provide the premises, costumes, food, entertain them for two hours, and clean up the mess.

I would love to be seven years old, and be invited to a place with a big old pirate ship, where I could dress up like Jack Sparrow, wield a sword, or slap on an eyepatch, rifle through chests of jewels..climb the crows nest, make folks walk the plank, then get to pig out on cake and ice cream afterwards.

48 posted on 01/17/2007 5:39:11 PM PST by sockmonkey (Jack Bauer's favorite meal is Middle Eastern Take Out)
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To: martin_fierro

It's a kids birthday party, man! Besides, been there, done that! That's first date stuff. If I do decide to get a new wife, i want a strong woman, a Latvian or Kazak type wife! I'm old enough where making sure the chores are doe are more important than the peripheral stuff.


49 posted on 01/17/2007 5:40:31 PM PST by Fierce Allegiance ("Campers laugh at clowns behind closed doors.")
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To: Ptarmigan

Games, cake, ice cream, goodies in paper cupcake liners, open presents and home.


50 posted on 01/17/2007 5:42:21 PM PST by cubreporter (I trust Rush. He has done more for this country than we will ever know. Thanks, Rush!)
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