What is it with breaking the budget ? Is it necessary to have lavish for birthday parties for babies? It often seems to me that the parties are more for the adults than the children and along with the of giving they seem to be in competition of who does the best parties etc. I have a bachelor nephew who never gives gifts, instead he continually pays into a trust fund that his nieces and nephews do not even know about yet. A friend donates to charities in the names of her family members on their birthday and Christmas.
Another friend visits the zoo with her grandchildren and they get to see their sponsored animal. We teach our children the values we would like them to have, to carry them through life. I am sometimes concerned that many parents are indulging their children wit so many material things that they are setting up unrealistic expectations, of how to show love and how to be loved. There is nothing wrong with giving gifts and celebrating, it is what messages are being sent in how this is is executed. What do others think? how do you celebrate the milestones of your children?
Posted by Tene, 2nd November 2014