Should Kids Open Presents At Birthday Parties?

Having four kids means I’ve hosted a lot of birthday parties in my day. I’ve done the ridiculous, over the top parties (I’ve learned to seriously tone if down over the years) to the more intimate, ‘just a few close friends’ parties.

One thing I’ve always insisted on, regardless of my kids age, is that they open the presents during the party. I’ve noticed over the recent years that many parties are transitioning towards kids not opening their gifts, and it’s always confused me as to why they wouldn’t?

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What do you think?



Kelli is a Canadian living in the US with a longstanding love affair with entertainment news and celebrity gossip. She has written about it for some of the most popular websites in both Canada and the US including Entertainment Tonight Canada, I'm Not Obsessed and Babble. When she's not chauffeuring her 4 kids back and forth to the rink for various hockey and figure skating activities, she can be found glued to Netflix or reading a great book.

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