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Summer Birthday Parties: 5 Fun Ideas

Summer birthdays mean you can take the party outside. Credit: Getty Images
Birthdays are so much fun for kids to celebrate at school -- you get to bring treats, everyone sings to recognize your special day and you might even get a little gift...

Valentine's Day - Family Affair or Over-Celebration Nation?

After every ad for flowers, chocolate and sweet romantic moments, my wonderful, tragically unromantic husband laughs boldly and whispers: "Sucka!" He actually can be romantic, he just doesn't like to be told to be romantic. By Hallmark. So the...

Should Doctors Keep Minors' Info Confidential?

This is a tough one. I remember being a kid on the brink of being a teenager--we didn't have the word "tween" back then--sitting in my pediatrician's office waiting to get examined or get a shot or whatever. That doctor was not someone I felt like...

Games that make kids cry

Recently, we attended a birthday party of a little boy who turned eight years old. It was held in a clubhouse at a neighborhood playground and the boy's parents had planned a few games, including musical chairs. That didn't go over so well. The...

The reunion versus the trains

Next Sunday, the kids' swim school is closed. After class yesterday, Rachel and I were talking about taking the opportunity to head up to Sacramento on Saturday after Acrosports, go to the Railroad museum, and stay overnight. The kids would...

Spend the night at F.A.O. Schwarz

Our friends over at Luxist wrote about a charity auction going on where one of the better items up for grabs is a chance to spend the night at the F.A.O. Schwarz store in New York City. Well, not the whole night, actually. You and eleven friends (or,...

The best birthday party ever!

For the past two years, we have celebrated Ellie's birthday with a huge party at home. For her 5th, the theme was princess. About 15 kids came over, dressed in their royal finery. We had an inflatable castle jumpy thing, games and of course, cake and...

What's up with all the dancing?

I've admitted before how much I love "My Super Sweet 16" on MTV, which is funny, considering how angry the show tends to make me. For example, I will usually yell things such as "Don't talk to your mother that way!" or "No brat needs a Lexus!" when...

2 years in jail for Mom who served beer to teenagers

A Virginia soccer Mom will be spending over two years in jail for hosting a booze-fueled party for her 16-year old son in 2002. Elisa Kelly and her ex-husband will be serving 27 months in jail each -- a strict penalty for buying her son Ryan and his...

ParentDish Sleepover for Sunday, June 10, 2007

Yesterday, we had a party for Sara's third birthday (which isn't actually until the end of the month.) Although it was a lot of work to prepare for it, it was pretty successful and everyone had a good time. While recovering from that experience, I...

Planning a party: The invites

I love getting to play "hostess," especially when it comes to parties. Since we don't really have big birthday parties for our children, I have found that I enjoy throwing little parties for friends throughout the year. Since Easter is coming up and...

Competitive birthday parties hit the UK

Imagine getting a candy bar with a golden ticket inside and knowing that you were going to meet Willy Wonka and his Oompa Loompas. Sounds pretty cool, eh? That was the case for invitees to a child's birthday party in England where an acrobatic Willy...

Blogging Baby Size Six: You know you're on your third child when....

I am always surprised when I wake up every day to discover that I am a mother to three children. Having kids was never on my list of accomplishments, so the fact that I have accumulated three in the last 13 1/2 years still stuns me. When I had my...

Yoga parties for kids

Looking for a new theme for your child's next birthday? One that the other parents haven't yet done? Try a yoga party. Yes, that's right. Yoga Sutra of NYC offers yoga packages that ensure a healthy and relaxing birthday party for both kids and...

Keeping the jolly face in place, it has a price

I recently ran across this post in which the author questions the emotional performances that parents are expected to carry out at every school parade or birthday party. In the post, the author laments the fact that at her daughter's school Halloween...

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