carolyn hax: she isn’t a ‘kid’ person. does she have to attend the parties of her friends’ children?

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dear carolyn: our two friends who we have been relatively close with for years have two small children. we have attended their baby showers, brought food over after baby was born and have gone to their children’s birthday parties once. we continue to get invited to their kids’ parties, but i have to be honest, i hate going. i don’t really like going to any child’s birthday party. however, these are kind of the worst. they invite so many people, and most people who attend are in a friend group that we are not part of. we end up talking to no one, except our friends briefly. i find it odd in general how often we as adults are invited to children’s birthday parties. i don’t recall ever having nonfamily adults at my parties growing up, and if we had kids i guess maybe it would make more sense to me. i like children related to me, but i’m not really a “kid” person. my husband thinks we should still go because they are our friends, but is it okay to continue to decline the invites until they stop? am i a jerk friend? — k.k.: you are not a jerk friend if you say no to a party you don’t want to attend.you are at risk of . . . taking on jerk-friend qualities, let...

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