I went to my dd's friends 4th birthday party today and out of 40 children, 20 of the parents left their children at the party and came back 2hrs later to pick them up. These children were no older than 5!
One little girl said goodbye to her mummy and went off to play but an hour later must of realised mummy wasn't there and was so distraught and hysterically crying and she kept asking where her mummy was and there was nothing anyone could do for her as we couldn't say exactly where she was except "Mummy has gone for awhile and will be back soon" (most of the parents there did not know who the child was and was asking the other parents if this child was their's). It was soooo heartbreaking.
Who in their right mind does that? Can't parents stay for 2hrs of their lives to be at a kids party. If life is too busy then don't take the child to the party.
Sorry I am really cranky and upset - still even 9hrs later!!