It has become (almost) mandatory that parents invite every student in their child’s class to his or her birthday party (or any other party). Besides being completely ridiculous, these are the reasons I will break this rule:
- I don’t know every single kid in my son’s class. If I don’t know the kid, then you can bet I don’t know the parents. What if the parents turn out to be serial killers or alcoholics who ravage my liquor cabinet and wine cooler? Better yet, what if I’m that parent and the other parents didn’t know? [insert tyrannical laugh]
- I don’t believe in the “Everyone Deserves a Trophy” mentality. Everyone doesn’t like everyone, and never will. I don’t want my son to think that just because he shares a classroom, and maybe some pencils and crayons, with other kids that he has to automatically like them. It’s okay to not like a person; there are a lot of people I don’t like.
- I cannot afford to feed, water, and entertainment 15 plus kids and their parents. The economy isn’t doing so well right now, and my husband works in oil and gas. Unless you struck gold and moved to Mars, you know people aren’t making as much money as they were a couple of years ago.
- I cannot deal with 15 three and four year olds at one time. This is why I am not a daycare teacher. I can barely handle my ONE three year old! And I have to have wine to do that.
- I just don’t want to be around that many grown ups that I don’t know. I actually hate meeting new people. I feel like they’re judging me (mainly because I’m judging them) on what I’m wearing, how I’m talking, what snacks I’m providing, and how I raise my child. I also hate pretending that I like people – it’s exhausting. I’m more than likely not going to like the other parents anyway so why even exert the effort, right? I guess you can call me a rule breaker, a bad mom, and uncaring, but I want my son to grow up knowing what life is really like. Not everyone can be as awesome as us.