There was a time when parents only invited certain friends and family to a child's birthday party, but these days sweet 16s, bar mitzvahs, and other parties are getting much more involved, not to mention expensive.

While it's great some parents can afford to throw these insane parties, child and family therapist Jennifer Kolari says, "When children are indulged or given too much, you're setting them up to have such wild expectations for the next year that it creates unhappiness." Additionally, insane parties can undermine the meaning of the celebration. Kolari says before planning any big party, sit down with your child to talk about what you are celebrating, the meaning behind it, and how lucky he or she is to mark the occasion with a party. Then try to balance what your child gets with what she gives. 

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