Seriously! What is wrong with some parents?
This week while channel-hopping I found a TV programme called Extreme Kids Parties – I never knew some parents could be that bonkers and irresponsible about their children.
It is (obviously) following different American families who are planning fantastic parties for their youngsters which cost more than a lot of people earn in a year.
One particular episode showed a mum who is throwing a Willie Wonka-style sweet extravaganza for her young son and the other kids at his nursery.
And the occasion? He is graduating from preschool! (And no, that is not a typo!) Cue trips to a specialist candy store, golden ticket invitations and a visit to the preschool where the excited mum brought with her a massive bucket of sweets and told the youngsters to tuck in as a taster of things to come.
Her motto of the party encouraged the tiny guests to get all sugared up. Definitely not a five-a-day comment!
She had spent about $2,000 on sweets, organised a dance troupe at a cost of $1,500, has splashed out on a bouncy castle and games, spent hundreds of dollars on invitations....and the list goes on. Oh and there is the $350 for the make-up artist and an $8,500 climbing wall as a present!
Needless to say the final bill came to a bewildering $31,000. That’s about £19,000 to you and me.
The inspiration for the party was Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – but I fear children who are spoilt like this will end up less like Charlie and more like Veruca Salt.
‘He deserves this, he has achieved so much already’ cooed another mum who was organising a medieval-style preschool graduation party for her son at a bargain cost of $29,000 (£18,000).
Hang on, what are you going to do when he turns 21, graduates from college and gets married? Buy him a house?
I love my children to bits but overindulging them in this fashion would be utter madness (not to mention unaffordable) and is a recipe for unbelievably spoilt children.
And anyway, there is nothing wrong with jelly and ice-cream and pass-the-parcel for a children’s party.
Musical chairs on the other hand...
** Never mind talent, I’ll just watch David
Like a large portion of the country, this week my television seems to have autotuned itself to Britain’s Got Talent.
Well, there is nothing else on!
I’m absolutely loving David Walliams who is entertainment personified and constantly has me in stitches with his little David and Simon sideshow.
Could anyone else tease Mr Cowell so much and get away with it?