Going to a children’s party this weekend? Or (shudder) are you hosting a kids’ party this weekend?
If your child is in preschool or primary school, the answer to this question is probably yes. It’s a scientifically proven fact that parents of children under the age of 11 go to approximately 4 million children’s parties annually. Each.
And as every parent who’s ever organised a kids’ birthday party knows, there’s a LOT more to it than a few streamers and some cake. But there’s something we need to get strike off that birthday party list, something we need to, as a secret society of parents, just bloody agree to.
PARTY BAGS ARE BULLSHIT.
You can hear my This Glorious Mess co-host Andrew Daddo and I talking about why this is, here:
You see, all I hear everywhere I go in parentland is how freaking busy we all are. How overwhelmed and overscheduled and anxious we feel that we don’t have enough time to give our kids.
We’re a generation of parents barreling around the place in a chaotic whirlwind, dropped balls trailing behind us like a trail of organic breadcrumbs.
So, if we all have TOO MUCH TO DO and we’re trying to focus on quality and meaningful interaction, can we all just come together and agree on something?
Filling 25 tiny tasteful paper bags (or, if you’re me, those cheap plastic ones you get from the $2 shop) with teeny-tiny, easily-shatterable toys, bubble-solution without handles and sugary lollies with a minus-10 nutritional value ration is NOT A GOOD USE OF OUR TIME.
Holly and Andrew, hosts of This Glorious Mess. (Image:Supplied.)
Dividing them into boys' bags and girls' bags and remembering who can have Snickers and who's kids are vegan and whether you need to do another pile for the toddler siblings... No wonder we're all stressed.