12th Birthday Party Ideas

I have an almost 12 year old daughter and she seems to want to do more expensive stuff. What should I do?

By Jeni


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March 26, 20130 found this helpful
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Depending on how far off it is, there may be time for her to dog walk/sit, babysit, spring is here, rake yards for half the cost of the party. Makes the kids figure out how much easier it is to spend parents money than make it.

I have had my kids beg off from doing the expense ONCE THEY HAVE EARNED IT. And they kept their neighborhood jobs up, one got his as a helper at the local theatre at 8 and now is 28, still doing those things for them, and changes the marquee so they don't climb up there. Means you never have to pay for going to the movies!

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April 30, 20170 found this helpful

Yea you sound like a ton of fun. DO YOU WORK FOR THE CATHOLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM ????

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March 31, 20131 found this helpful
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My kids have a budget for their birthday parties. They purchase the cake, snacks, favors, and pay for the activities. This really helps keep the parties reasonable, especially since they get to keep any money that's left over. I think this teaches an important lesson in budgeting (for example, they've learned that they can choose a more expensive activity if they invite fewer friends and have a homemade cake instead of a store bought one, and if they have the party at 2:00 they can save money by not buying pizzas, etc.).


When my daughter turned twelve she invited two friends to have manicures and pedicures done at the beauty school in town. This year for her 13th, she decided to skip the party entirely and put the money toward the phone we got her for her birthday.

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March 27, 20130 found this helpful

I agree completely with T&TGrandma. Explain you can't do it unless she helps out. It's good training for the adult world and most kids are reasonable if you give them the chance.
Marg from England.

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