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Top tips for surviving children’s birthday parties

Top tips for surviving children’s birthday parties

In an era where throwing children’s parties seem to have grown out of all proportion, reduce your stress level with a few handy pointers:

  • Keep it in perspective – yes you want to celebrate your child and ensure they have a great time, but you also don’t want them to develop unrealistic expectations about what a birthday actually is
  • Set a budget – let your child know that the sky isn’t the limit by helping you to prioritise what is needed and what isn’t
  • Have a game plan – Play, food, opening presents, games is a good sequence for a 2-3 hour party
  • Balance the goodies – Parties don’t have to be equated with junk food. Yes, you can offer treats but do they all need to be of the glow-in-the-dark, sugar-coated variety? Small muffins, popcorn, cordial instead of fizz, plain chocolate – you can peel it back without sacrificing the ‘treats’ element
  • Bring in back-up – Friends or family that are willing to help out means that there are eyes on all children (excited, sugar-fuelled children have a tendency to wander)
  • Set clear pick-up times – A loose ‘around 5pm’ could be interpreted as any time before 6, so be exact about times during drop-off

Provided by Maria O’Dwyer ABC Start Right

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