It happens to the best of mothers once a year for each child they have, the time when all that baby birthing forces them to come to grips with the workout they must face: Planning a Birthday Party. We all get a little flabby when we're out of practice, so follow this workout planning guide to see you through this year's workout.
Choose a theme
Muscle(s) worked out: creativity
Search the internet for ideas
Muscle(s) worked out: research
Muscle(s) worked out: Budgeting, spoiling, shopping
Muscle(s) worked out: creativity, friendship building, research, design
Wait for (not particularly forthcoming) RSVPs
Muscle(s) worked out: Patience
Prepare home for party
Muscle(s) worked out: cleaning, decorating, creativity
Stress out about whether anyone will come, if you have enough activities planned, if you need more food, if you have enough time, if your child will have fun or not and what the other parents will think of you
Muscle(s) worked out: overactive imagination, guilt, fear, worry
Go over the basic party etiquette rules with child
Muscle(s) worked out: patience, repetition
Greet arriving children
Muscle(s) worked out: all the smiling muscles
Run activities and games
Muscle(s) worked out: patience, quick-thinking, enthusiasm, gentleness, encouragement, restraint
Oversee present opening with all children demanding that their gift be opened next
Muscle(s) worked out: patience, transcription, whispering ("say thank you")
Visit with other parents while children tear apart yard and home
Muscle(s) worked out: patience, friendliness, selective hearing
Pass out goody bags and say good-bye
Muscle(s) worked out: restraint (it's really bad form to yell out "yippee and good riddance!")
Help child extricate toys from boxes
Muscle(s) worked out: Patience, patience, restraint, patience
Drink a cold, alcoholic beverage
Muscle(s) worked out: relaxation, relief, gratitude
This workout may seem like a particularly grueling one, but the end benefit,a happy child who feels loved, is well worth the effort. And just think, you won't have to do it for another year.
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