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Mommy Dearest: Opening Presents at Parties


Mommy Dearest,

We're celebrating our daughter's second birthday next week with a party of twenty people — mostly family and a few close friends.

I've noticed that opening presents can be a free-for-all at other kids' parties we've attended so I plan on waiting until after the guests have left for my girl to unwrap her gifts. Is that appropriate?

—Wondering When to Unwrap

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Wondering When to Unwrap,

It's your party so do what you choose. Two-year-olds can create chaos while tearing open packages and wanting to play with the toys right away. But personally speaking, I always have my kids open their presents during the party so a gift giver can see their expression when they unwrap it.

People put a lot of time and effort into their selections and I prefer to acknowledge them during the party and express appropriate gratitude.

—Mommy Dearest

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