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Bad mouthing a baby shower

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Baby Showers

I've read quite a few blog posts where the writer "bad mouths" baby showers. They've been labeled as a "painful experience" where everyone is obligated to oooh and aaah at each baby gift. Some writers go on to say what a wonderful baby shower it was without saying what was different from every other baby shower, while others just keep complaining about them. I'm tired of reading these posts.

 

So stop reading posts like this? I can't. That would be like only looking at the weather forecast when it's sunny and warm outside. Baby showers are my business and that means trying to keep up with the latest and greatest. I can't pretend that people don't say these things by avoiding them. 

 

Here's the deal. Just because you are invited to a baby shower please don't feel obligated to go. There is usually some type of RSVP on the invitation, even if it's a "regrets only" RSVP. If you are dreading a baby shower that much then you are defeating the purpose of the baby shower in the first place - to celebrate mom-to-be and her new baby. 

 

Do you know what baby showers are like in my family? There is good food, games, opening presents, cake and most importantly the company of family and friends. Does everyone play the games? No. Some just don't want to; others just get caught up in the opening of gifts to realize there is a game going on. And that's ok. Does everyone "ooh" and "aah" at the gifts? No. Some people are catching up with family or friends they haven't seen in a while. And that's ok. Is everyone happy for mom-to-be? YES! That is what they are there for - to celebrate her. 

 

So if you are really dreading a baby shower and how awful it is don't be the downer at the party. Yes, it's a party for mom-to-be. It's her party, not yours. Be happy for her and go or decline the invitation and send her a small gift to let her know you are thinking of her. 



 

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