I’m sorry, but kids need to learn that sometimes, they’re going to get crap presents.
Kids’ birthday parties are for laughter and games, for too much sugar and for kids accepting the gifts they get (if they get any) and being happy with what’s inside the wrapping.
It’s time to drop the wishing wells and catered hors d’oeuvres, time to axe the multiple entertainers and the lavish party bags.
I’m begging here. Please move on from the marquees and pony rides with white-coated waiters and retreat back into the world of pass-the-parcel and chocolate crackles.
It’s all too much and this latest piece of parenting outrage is the final pin in the donkey’s nose.
A British celebrity has hit out at over-the-top kid’s parties after she was sent an email that asked parents in her daughter’s class to group together and buy a Kindle as a birthday present for one child, and a desk for another.
Myleene Klass, a former singer and now British TV and radio presenter has posted extracts of the request on social media calling it “bonkers”.
The parents were kindly asked to contribute £10 ( A$19.50) each towards the gifts.
No pressure, of course.
Myleene posted the email: “Jane and Hannah would prefer a class birthday gift for their daughters this year.”
“Sarah would like a Kindle and Lola a desk (very studious choices!!) so if you would like to join in, please can I collect a suggested £10 from you before the party on Feb 9th.”
A second email she revealed on social media, from one very helpful mother offered to collect the fountains of cash adding that while £10 would be a “popular amount” you can give what you like.
She suggested that her response was a little less conciliatory.
“Dear all, for Ava’s birthday, she has requested a real, live unicorn. I will be collecting unicorn money via her book bag, in the playground or at www.getwhatyouregivenandendthismadness.com.
(Additionally I’d like a Ferrari and Leonardo DiCaprio, so by all means, do feel obligated to contribute to this too).”
Overwhelmingly the response to her reply was a collective high-five.