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    Default Kids pass the parcel - should every kid win

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    This is the reason i started the 'why is it not ok for there to be winners and losers' thread. Every child gets a lollie bag at the end of the day anyway (dont get me started on that!!) so i dont see why every child should win a prize. Another reason i think kids birthday parties are becoming way over the top and rediculous. First we HAVE to invite ALL the kids from the class. Then we HAVE to provide party bags. Now we have to provide presents for all the kids. Lets stop being stupid at these birthday parties and remember...ITS ABOUT THE BIRTHDAY CHILD!!!!! They ahould be made to feel like they are the most special person in the world for those few hours. Its THEIR party and THEIR chance to get presents.

    DRIVES me crazy
    Why do you have to do party bags? I've never given party bags. Don't care if people think I'm stingy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by loislane2010 View Post
    This is the reason i started the 'why is it not ok for there to be winners and losers' thread. Every child gets a lollie bag at the end of the day anyway (dont get me started on that!!) so i dont see why every child should win a prize. Another reason i think kids birthday parties are becoming way over the top and rediculous. First we HAVE to invite ALL the kids from the class. Then we HAVE to provide party bags. Now we have to provide presents for all the kids. Lets stop being stupid at these birthday parties and remember...ITS ABOUT THE BIRTHDAY CHILD!!!!! They ahould be made to feel like they are the most special person in the world for those few hours. Its THEIR party and THEIR chance to get presents.

    DRIVES me crazy

    you don't HAVE to do anything...don't have a party if you don't want to...but don't have one so that your kid gets worshipped! I see birthday parties as a chance for kids to celebrate WITH their friends, so I make an effort for everyone to have fun/feel good.

    I have never felt pressure to invite the whole class (even if others decided to)...i am careful not to exclude just 1 or 2 because that is mean. 1 year i did invite the whole class (there was only 16 kids anyway) and every other year I have kept it to about 8-10.

    I do party bags because i LOVE making them lol It is so much fun finding good stuff to go in there, I normally spend less than $5 a bag.

    It is not all about DS (or DD when she is old enough to get it), it is about getting friends together to have a good time. I would hate to go to a party that was only about the birthday person...that is just a bit off IMO.

    Pass the parcel is fun...there is clearly a winner that opens the last wrapping, but what is the harm in a small treat for the "runners up".

    I find your posts about this really grinchy and without care for the kids. Where is the fun and kindness? Why are you the domain of teaching kids to lose? Is it really a lesson to be learned at a party on a game based on pure luck? Surely, if you are so adamant that kids be taught this lesson you should set up some skill based games and make them compete to the death for their mini snickers bar!

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    Quote Originally Posted by FearlessLeader View Post
    No-one should ever win at pass the parcel, because it should never be played. Too much hassle, IMO. Just let kids run like maniacs and eat way too much sugar. But on the one present thing, why risk causing tantrums at a birthday party? Who can be bothered policing pass the parcel? Not me.
    I blame Justine Clarke and that song "It's my birthday today" and the line "we'll jump on a jumping castle, we'll all play pass the parcel..."

    DD1 can't comprehend a kids birthday party without pass the parcel - except her own - then she thinks it's lame.

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    Quote Originally Posted by River Song View Post
    Surely, if you are so adamant that kids be taught this lesson you should set up some skill based games and make them compete to the death for their mini snickers bar!

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    I think we need to stop and realise just how easy it is to get sucked into the whole`pony ride, jumping castle, party bag, magician' caper. Children's parties are a massive money making industry - but you have choices.

    I love the at home party - with a few games, lots of running around, healthy and delicious food and cake.

    We play pass the parcel - each layer has the child `do' something sing a song, find something in the room that is green, find the youngest person in the circle and sit next to them etc..... Only one prize - and that's okay, because that's what parties are like at our place.

    No party bags - refuse to contribute to the sweatshop culture.....

    And that works for us

    I don't feel pressured because my and my families values and beliefs are not being compromised - and I'm okay with the lack of prizes, party bags and healthy food

    My years of party going has shown me that some children will always cry at parties - so it doesn't faze me....it's going to happen regardless of how I wrap the pass the parcel - so I just let the emotion come....parties are hard work for everyone: children and adults, birthday girl/boy and their guests.

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    I'm the same. I do 'old fashioned' parties, with home made food, pin the tail on the donkey and statues For a usual party, everything included costs me $100. I give them a big kinder party and that costs me about $150. We don't feel the need to hire fairy face painters or have expensive games. Each to their own though.

    If a parent wants a low key party, have one. You don't have to invite the whole class, nor go OTT. Most kids are happy to go crazy, play and have fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by River Song View Post
    Surely, if you are so adamant that kids be taught this lesson you should set up some skill based games and make them compete to the death for their mini snickers bar!
    PMSL!!!!


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    Parents love me because their kids have just run around a play centre for a few hours and have burnt off their sugar highs and are now completely knackered.

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    Default Kids pass the parcel - should every kid win

    Quote Originally Posted by loislane2010 View Post
    This is the reason i started the 'why is it not ok for there to be winners and losers' thread. Every child gets a lollie bag at the end of the day anyway (dont get me started on that!!) so i dont see why every child should win a prize. Another reason i think kids birthday parties are becoming way over the top and rediculous. First we HAVE to invite ALL the kids from the class. Then we HAVE to provide party bags. Now we have to provide presents for all the kids. Lets stop being stupid at these birthday parties and remember...ITS ABOUT THE BIRTHDAY CHILD!!!!! They ahould be made to feel like they are the most special person in the world for those few hours. Its THEIR party and THEIR chance to get presents.

    DRIVES me crazy
    We don't HAVE to invite the whole class and you don't HAVE to do lolly bags but most people CHOOSE to. Most people know it all about the child and that means giving their child a fun filled day with the child's friends and family. If you didn't do games, the kids would likely get bored and fight, or get wild ad break things. Plus a party is meant to be fun, with different things to do.

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    I'd never heard of a prize in every layer before.

    When I used to play it as a kid there were random prizes scattered throughout, and then the 'big' prize at the end. Not one in each layer.

    Half the fun was that when you peeled off a layer you didn't know if you were going to get one of the surprise little prizes or not. I'd say maybe 1 in 4 (??) was a little prize, so they were a big deal when you got one even if they were only little.

    I don't really like the idea of there being one in each layer, TBH. I don't remember meltdowns at children's parties over pass the parcel when I was kid! Maybe just because it was always done like that though?? Maybe now they expect a prize every time, which seems like a shame.

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