Do you really have to invite the whole class to your child's birthday party? Increasingly, it seems, the answer is yes. But what I haven't been able to figure out is -- why? If you've got the money, space and patience, I guess the answer is why not?
When parents plan a guest list, it's important to make sure that some kids aren't purposefully left out. Though I still think that spending masses of money on a blowout bash, just so every kid can come along, sends the wrong message.
But parties are a big part of children's social lives, and having seen my son be left out, I don't want to be the one leaving out anyone else's child. On the other hand, children do need to learn at some point that they won't be able to go to every event, so maybe the party circuit is good practice for handling the small disappointments in life. What do your birthday parties look like? Do you invite every child in the class, choose your child's closest friends or avoid inviting school friends at all?