Common Sense MediaBy Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media Editor
I consider myself to be pretty sensitive to other families' media rules. But birthday parties -- in my experience -- are always hit or miss. I'll never forget the horror on the face of one Waldorf-oriented father when his son opened up the plastic Toy Story 3 gadget my kid had picked out at Target. Whoops. I had no idea Woody was off-limits. But how could I have known?
Parents can be timid about announcing their gift-giving preferences. It's always a little awkward to say, "Give us this, but don't give us that." But as toys become more commercialized and media-oriented gifts more abundant, we may need to get more comfortable asserting ourselves. If you have strong feelings about what is and isn't appropriate, there are polite and reasonable ways of getting your wishes across.
Here are some tips for being a good gift-giver -- and receiver -- while also keeping conflict at bay.
- If you're hosting the party, let people