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The Oversize Birthday Party

Your 5-year-old wants to invite her entire class to her birthday party, including some kids she doesn't even like.

Why you should refuse: Although she may want to get lots of gifts, large parties are overwhelming for most young kids.

How to say no:

  • "Let's talk about who are your closest friends."
  • "How about we invite just the girls?"

Typical kid comeback:

  • "Everybody else invites the whole class."

Smart parent responses:

  • "It's not always a good idea to do what everyone else does."
  • "I can't watch all those children and make sure everyone's having a good time."

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Copyright © 2007. Used with permission from the October 2007 issue of Parents magazine.

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