American Girl Party. We all want fun parties for our kids, and we don’t want to arrive empty-handed at somebody else’s. But, personally, I have a toy room full of toys that my kids don’t play with. Toys eventually break and, because most are non-recyclable, end up in the landfills. This is why I have started insisting that no gifts be brought to my own kids’ birthday parties. It can be tricky to sell your child on this, especially if they are used to getting gifts at their parties. But with a little encouragement you might be surprised as how well it goes over. If you feel more comfortable, let the kids who are coming choose if they would like to bring a small donation to a charity, such as an animal shelter. Why not try it at your next party? Who knows, you might just start a trend in your neighborhood.
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