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Lesson two

Follow-up on at-home conversation with children:

List on the board favorite birthday parties and what was fun and not fun.

Do you see any themes in what the children said?

The next video clip will help us focus in greater detail on why birthdays have gotten so out of control.  (Julia Louise-Dreyfus sit com-- with a running time of about 12 minutes)  Julia’s character proclaims:  “I am putting an end to this craziness.”  Does she succeed and how did things get this crazy in the first place?

(To help supplement discussion, please see website for further details…Why Birthday Parties Have Gotten Out of Control)

Now, let’s conclude today by beginning the process of generating a list of birthday alternatives.  (List on the board.)

Closure

Invite parents to go to www.birthdayswithoutpressure.org for additional information including a list of birthday alternatives.

In the weeks and months ahead, please report back to this group as you develop new thinking about birthdays.

Supplemental video clips

For specific questions about this lesson, please contact Todd Seabury-Kolod at 651.325.2793.

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