If you’re a parent, you’ve probably got an opinion on party bags. There aren’t too many parties where a kid walks away without clutching one in their sticky hands. The bags my kids get are generally stuffed with lollies, plus a couple of cheap toys and maybe a balloon. Yeah, I roll my eyes at all the sugar and quietly bin some of it. The toys tend to break quickly and follow the lollies into the rubbish. So should we just junk the whole party bag tradition?
Renee Kaiman, the Canadian blogger behind My So-Called Mommy Life, called for parents to stop handing out party bags and soon found herself on TV, explaining her view.
“Parents, please keep your dollar store crap to yourself,” she wrote in her original post.
“I get that everyone wants to keep up with those Pinterest moms, but sending my kid home with junk that you won’t even feed your kid, or toys that will break into a million pieces five minutes after they’ve played with it, is ridiculous.”
Kaiman has a problem with the idea that kids need to leave a party with a gift.
“Why is it that are kids need to be given a reward (which the loot bag totally is) for coming to celebrate with a friend! A friend!
“Our kids should learn the feeling of giving to others without expecting anything in return.”