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Party Out of Bounds

Kids suffer when celebrations become competitions.

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/celebrations_simchas/article/party_out_of_bounds_19991129

More than 100 guests sat in a sea of round banquet tables in a Studio City hotel, munching on fancy appetizers presented by waiters. A band warmed up. Kids crowded entertainment stations waiting for artists to personalize clothing and paint their faces. I had been invited to a 1-year-old's birthday and was about to leave, convinced I'd accidentally entered a bar mitzvah reception. Then I saw David's mom, parading the sleepy birthday boy around in her arms.

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