I don't intend to use his parties to'play out my political agenda'.
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22-08-2013 18:43 #21
22-08-2013 18:44 #22
Parent - Who do you want to invite to your party?
Son - Jack, Dilan, Cooper and William
Parent - What about some girls? Are you going to invite any girls to your party?
Son - No, just those that I said.
Parent - Ok
Son - Oh yeah, I want to invite Sarah and Emily too.
Parent - Ok
There's nothing wrong with encouraging children to play with the opposite gender. I want to encourage my children to be able to develop and hold friendships with the opposite gender and this is where it starts.
22-08-2013 19:07 #23
I don't exactly "push" DD to play with boys, but I ask about her friends equally, I never make a distinction or show a preference between her male friends and female friends and I do question and debunk any "boy germs/girl's can't do xyz/abc is for boys" talk.
DD has always had lots of male friends and I think it's great - unfortunately when I was a kid, if I spoke to a male it would result in lots of "oooh, you've got a BOYfriend" type stuff and to this day I find it a bit awkward to talk to men which is really stupid. I definitely don't want that for DD.
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22-08-2013 19:11 #24Senior Member
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The only time I made an issue about it was when the list of intended invitees included only one boy. I suggested they add another boy or two so that one boy didn't feel the odd one out.
If they chose all girls, or a good mix of girls and boys, then I didn't interfere.
PS: I have only daughters.
Miss10 recently had a party and presented me with a list of six girls and two boys. The problem was that it was two from drama, five from school, and one from church. So I suggested we include the brother of the girl from church (only one year old, and whom she also plays with) as well. She was happy with that modification.
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22-08-2013 19:31 #25
They can invite whoever they like. Nothing wrong with making suggestions though.
We normally do parties with family friends because we have a large circle where he adults and kids are friends. When we've done school parties we have invited the whole class. The older ones normally do trips now and just invite a few friends, those ones have always been same sex.
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22-08-2013 19:34 #26
My ds invites who he wishes to his parties. One of his closest friends who he has known since a baby goes to school with him, they always do playdates too. He has lots of friends of both genders.
22-08-2013 20:35 #27
Meh, my DD is 6 and she can invite who she likes! She had a princess party this year (her choice) and also invited only girls (again, her choice)...... I'm not really fussed either way TBH!
22-08-2013 20:49 #28Senior Member
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Dd has her 6 birthday party this Saturday & we have a mixture coming. She was equally as enthusiastic about both genders, it's like they are all equals to her. But tbh I couldn't care less who she did or didn't invite its her party.
22-08-2013 20:51 #29
OP my DS is 3 and has had one party. It was pretty much 50/50 down gender lines. As PP said (shelle?) I'll talk about his friendships equally (eg 'i saw you swinging on the monkey bars with Jasmine, she's pretty cool how she can swing upside down!' or 'you love racing cars with Marco, don't you?') so I hope he continues to have friendships with boys and girls. But I'm fairly certain that by mid primary school he is most likely to want to associate mainly with other boys and I'm fine with that. When I was a girl I mainly played with boys out of convenience (brothers, cousins, kids on our street all boys) but I preferred being with girls and that's who I invited to my parties.
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