What's out of control about birthday parties today?

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Why have birthday parties gotten out of control?

How do out of control birthday parties affect kids, parents and communities?

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For Kids: Not all children face each of these consequences, but enough children experience them to give us worry.

For Parents: Some parents say they are happy with birthday parties that drive other parents up the wall. But we have talked to many parents who report these consequences.

For the Community and Culture: This issue is bigger than individual families. Personal decisions affect the wider world. Out of control birthday parties contribute to:

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