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Right now my son is two years old, so birthday parties have been simple so far. In January we invited his friends over for pizza, hung up a sign, and two months later he still talks like it was the best day of his life. Birthdays will always be this easy, right?

Alright, back to reality. I’m thinking we can slide through his third birthday, but one of us will end up having a conversation something like this about two weeks before his fourth:

J: Mommy, Carter had a bouncy castle at his party, I want one too!
A: I’m not spending that much money unless it’s educational. No bouncy castles.

J: What about a horse? Ashley had a horse at her party, can I have a horse?
A: Honey, your birthday is in January. If you agree to help pick up the poop in the snow, I can borrow a horse for a day from someone at work. Sound fun?

J: No poopies Mommy! Everyone else has a bouncy castle or something fun, I NEED A BOUNCY CASTLE!
A: Well, why don’t we compromise. I could get you something else that’s inflatable, but educational too. Sound good?

J: YAY! A bouncy castle!
A: No, I was thinking something more like this giant inflatable colon:

Giant Inflatable Super Colon

After showing him the picture, he’d immediately surrender and say something like “No, that’s alright, how about we just watch movies and eat pizza at home.”

Parents – think my plan would work, or should I just pre-order that bouncy castle now?

Pic via Neatorama.

7 Responses to “But Mommy, I NEED a Bouncy Castle!”

  1. on 08 Mar 2007 at 10:37 am Rhea

    That works. That way the kids will be able to play AND learn good colon health at the same time.

  2. on 08 Mar 2007 at 11:55 am Natron

    It smells like chocolate Mommy!!

  3. on 08 Mar 2007 at 3:39 pm Lotta

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  4. on 08 Mar 2007 at 3:48 pm Anita Bath

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  5. on 08 Mar 2007 at 11:32 pm Rico

    Balloons. I don’t know why, but always work for toddlers, heh.

    A remote controlled Zeppellin dispensing candies to the children would be another nice and affordable approach. :^)

  6. on 12 Mar 2007 at 11:43 am Miss Cellania

    If he’s anything like my kids, he’ll go for the colon. Be prepared!

  7. on 28 Mar 2007 at 3:39 pm Sueper

    Aww come on, does everything have to be educational?
    Sometimes you just have to do whats fun

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