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Take time out when you tuck your child in the night before the party to express your expectations. Make sure you talk up the party. How great it is going to be. How big they have grown. Wow! 5 years old already! Practically married and out on their own! This is when you lay down the rules. Don't go in here. Don't do that. Of course you are going to do this with love in your heart and a smile on your face. Yes, and again on the day of the party when they did what you asked them not to!
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|