Not surprisingly I happen to agree with MM22 on this issue. I think in general we as parents want to make childhood as special and memorable for our little ones as much as possible, but I also agree that there are many ceremonies out there that strip down the significance of ACTUAL accomplishments. Case in Point: My son just "graduated" from pre-school and the teachers/staff held a graduation ceremony for the class complete with little diplomas, caps and gowns. It's not as if he actually achieved anything more than successfully reaching the state mandated age for entering the public school system so why all the pomp and circumstance? I believe that this is more of an example of the teachers celebrating their accomplishments of somewhat successfully preparing the little parasites to enter the public school systems.
Then there is the annual Last Day of School Ceremonies where the SAHMafia and their families show up enforce at the elementary schools along with a handful of working parents who take annual leave so they can half-enthusiastically applaud when some kids gets the "Good Friend" award. Good Friend award??? WTF does that even mean? What have these 5-7 year old kids done to show that they are actually a good friend? Nothing, but I guarantee that during high school these are the kids to whose houses their "friends" are going to flock when they need to take a pregnancy test or need a fake parental signature for that abortion..... BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT "GOOD FRIENDS" END UP DOING.
I also agree with the absurdity of competition between children and between their parents to top the other or throw the most outlandish celebration of some semi-significant event (Sweet 16, Bar or Bat Mitzvah, baptism, confirmation, elementary/middle school graduations, etc.....). This is one of the reasons why we made the conscious decision before the kids were even conceived that we were not going to be one of those families who invite other people to our home, local park or Chuck E Cheese with the expectation that invited family, neighbors and friends would bring our children expensive gifts in exchange for some crappy cake, watered down punch and a gift bag full of stickers and assorted plastic crap from the Dollar Tree. Instead, every year for the kids Birthdays we celebrate the successful escape from their mothers womb by taking a family vacation or cruise.
"BRIAN, Close the window! You're letting all the Stank out...." "Ahh, ahh, ahh and boom goes the dynamite."
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