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Reader's Digest version: Five-year old kid is invited to a snowboarding party. Parents accepted, then realized they needed to cancel, but there was no contact info on the invite. Kid doesn't go. next week, there's a bill for $24 in his backpack.
So, these parents are not in touch with reality. Whatever. They are who they are. Good chance these leopards ain't changing their spots. But, what about the kid whose birthday it was? You know the parents went off in front of this kindergartener, ranting and raving about the audacity of little Alex (yes, that's his name) not showing up to their precious baby's party.
Kids believe their parents. Our words become theirs. So, when Birthday Boy's mom is enraged at Alex and his parents because they were insensitive, because they didn't care enough about Birthday Boy, because Alex "gets to do whatever he wants, at everyone else's expense," Birthday Boy now accepts this as gospel.
Birthday Boy now believes he is very special, so special that when someone cannot come to a party to celebrate the anniversary of his birth, that they should be charged money.
Yes, I know. the parents would argue that they were out those $24 because they had to prepay for a snowboard or skis or hot chocolate or something. Get over it! I got married a billion years ago and my wife and I spent just as much money on the gala, and guess what.... some people who RSVP'd didn't show. There were leftover packets of Jordan Almonds, slices of cake, bottles of champagne, and packets of birdseed.
No one was charged for these items! Besides, Birthday Boy's parents apparently didn't even give them a way to cancel, should they need to (which, apparently they did).
Look, I don't really care to change these self-centered parents, but what impact does this have on the Birthday Boy? He's going to think he's more important than others, that he's entitled because he breathes, and people will not want to be around him. that doesn't make for a happy individual. I know Birthday Boy's Parents sent the bill out of love (I'm pushing it, aren't I?), but come back down to earth and grab a piece of reality.
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