Ran across this and had to share. You see, I was invite to a party like this, only it was for a 2 year old. Needless to say I did not go. But the nerve of it kills me.

Dear Amy: Today was my daughter’s first day of preschool, and one of her new classmates, “Annie,” gave everyone in the class an invitation to an “old-fashioned back-yard birthday party for Annie’s 5th Birthday.”

The invitation stated that “directions to the party and Annie’s wish list are on the Internet — followed by a Web site.

The wish list included such items as riding lessons, museum memberships and contributions to a college fund, along with a link to her toy registry on a commercial Internet site. The site also listed gifts that should not be given.

Amy, I am shocked! A gift registry for a 5-year-old? That sure doesn’t sound “old-fashioned” to me. I’d love to hear your thoughts and how you would RSVP to the party.

— Flabbergasted

Dear Flabbergasted: I checked out the Web site address that you helpfully provided and I, too, am flabbergasted.

These parents probably mean well. But I see what they are doing as an example of a kind of parenting that seems to be taking hold lately whereby parents seek to control every last thing going on in their kids’ lives, including what one 5-year-old gives to another 5-year-old for her birthday.

Rather than being a helpful tool to give guests and their parents ideas of what to give this child, this “wish list” gift registry seems more like a set of requirements and restrictions (obviously, they don’t mean it that way, but that’s how it seems).

Some of these gift ideas are very expensive as well, and are not appropriate gifts from preschoolers.

And contributing to a college fund? Puh-leeze.

Whatever you choose to do, do not penalize this child just because her parents are bananas. It’s not her fault.

4 Comments on Too Close to Home Not to Share.

  1. Heather
    December 1, 2006 at 1:16 pm (11 years ago)

    Oh wow! I’m feeling deja moo.

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  2. Val
    December 1, 2006 at 3:00 pm (11 years ago)

    Wow I will have to remember some of those ideas for Bailey’s next party! jk

    geez, get a clue people and people wonder why the kids grow up greedy, humm could it be the parents?

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  3. Beckie
    December 1, 2006 at 3:36 pm (11 years ago)

    Ahhh Man… I guess I’d better go revise Charity’s Christmas wish list. Scratch the college tuition, scratch the web addresses for toy stores. Glad I never got around to registering her anywhere… 😛

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  4. Laura
    December 1, 2006 at 4:40 pm (11 years ago)

    And to think Olivia’s birthday just passed and I could have asked for all that!! LOL!

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