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Children’s birthday parties – cause for celebration or alienation?


It’s funny how the seemingly small things cause the greatest angst for kids – a sneer from a sibling; a curt remark from a teacher or being left off a classmate’s birthday party invitation list can leave a child feeling insecure, even sad. While some issues such as sibling disputes are perennial others such as helping children manage the disappointment of missing a friend’s birthday party is a more pressing concern for primary-aged children right now.  In fact, according to many teachers and parents I meet many children’ birthday parties are creating rifts between children, leading to alienation for those left off the party list. Issue invitations with sensitivity It’s a good life lesson for a child to learn that they can’t be invited to everything.  But not being invited to a party shouldn’t make a child feel isolate...(sign-up as a member to continue reading this article)


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