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February 23rd, 2013 at 04:39 am

Ok I know, I haven't posted anything an a loooonnnnggg time, but I still read this board every morning.

Anyway I have a question.

My Grandson's birthday party is today, he's turning 2. My daughter and her hubby have this big party all planned out, a Breakfat/Pajama party for goodness sake. (No one wants to see me in my pj's) It will be held in their Church this morning.

The boy has 6 Grandparents, 4 Great-Grandparents, over a dozen Aunts and Uncles, and several cousins, not to mention all the parents friends and coworkers. Needless to say, he gets ALOT of toys for both Christmas and his birthday. He already has more toys then he could ever play with (besides he prefers the boxes they came in) and every imaginable electronic gaget a 2 year old could want, several shelves of books and so many clothes DD has donated or traded almost half his unworn wardrob.

My question is, Is there a way to convince my DD and her hubby to maybe consider a "Colledge Fund Party"?

Maybe they could ask "Peanuts" (grandson) guests to only bring a small tolken gift for him to open and a donation to a special account for his future education.

I know it might be a touch to late for this party, but for future ones maybe?

7 Responses to “Birthday Parties”

  1. mjrube94 Says:

    That's such a great idea; I wish I had done that with my kids when they were little. It may be seen as tacky if they themselves ask for money, but maybe you could spread the word to your side of the family that you're doing it, and see if they want to join you.

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    I would definitely approach the subject prior to the next gift giving event.

  3. Petunia 100 Says:

    Perhaps you could open an account for Peanut's future education expenses, then spread the word. Smile Some prefer to give things, but some feel as you do, that a contribution towards something that really matters is the better gift.

  4. CB in the City Says:

    I would bring it up. I am in a similar situation, my grandchildren have way too many "grandparents." (But I'm one of the real ones. Smile)

    Your grandchild isn't old enough yet, but I have offered to pay for enrichment classes, like swimming lessons and hockey lessons, in lieu of gifts. I would welcome the opportunity to contribute to a college fund rather than buy another gizmo.

  5. LuckyRobin Says:

    I think it's a great idea. It is entirely possible the parents know they are being overwhelmed with too much stuff, but aren't sure how to approach people to make the influx stop. If they are on board with the idea, you could approach others about contributing to a college fund if they "can't think of anything else." I wish people had done that for our kids. I can't tell you the amount of toys that were played with once and never touched again because the kids were given so many things by so many people when they were small.

  6. Amber Says:

    Hmmm tough that is such a great idea. I'm going to mention it to my nephew, whose son will be turning two Monday.
    I agree with the others, maybe opening the account yourself and spreading the word.

  7. Jerry Says:

    I think this is a wise idea, and it offers insurance for his future. There is nothing that is more important over the long term, and it will lead to such a huge help for him when he is older - because let`s be honest, school is not getting any cheaper.

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