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Have Your Say: Is it Okay to Request Money for a Child’s Birthday…From School Friends?

Half the fun of having a birthday party when you are kid, besides the party games, and sharing the lollies and birthday cake with your fellow classmates, is unwrapping the surprise gifts they bring with them, isn’t it?

Earlier this month, UK radio personality Myleene Klass revealed an email that she received from a fellow school mum last year, in which parents were told what the birthday girls wanted – Sarah would like a kindle and Lola would like a desk – and suggested that parents send £10 (equivalent of almost $20 AUD) to school in an envelope.

Note: Names have been changed to protect privacy

birthday donation email


Klass then shared this tongue-in-cheek response on Instagram:

birthday party request for money


Tell us: How would you react to receiving an email from a fellow school mum requesting a monetary donation for a child’s birthday gift?

Does this put pressure on other parents – or was it a practical suggestion?




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Jolene enjoys writing, sharing and connecting with other like-minded women online – it also gives her the perfect excuse to ignore Mount-Washmore until it threatens to bury her family in an avalanche of Skylander T-shirts and Frozen Pyjama pants. (No one ever knows where the matching top is!) Likes: Reading, cooking, sketching, dancing (preferably with a Sav Blanc in one hand), social media, and sitting down on a toilet seat that one of her children hasn’t dripped, splashed or sprayed on. Dislikes: Writing pretentious crap about herself in online bio’s and refereeing arguments amongst her offspring.

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