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Celebrate Harry Potter's birthday with an easy lunchtime party

Hello, Muggle friends! Today is Harry Potter's birthday, and in honor of my long-time obsession my kid and I decided to throw a birthday party. Since we decided this relatively last minute, it needed to be quick and easy. We decided our party would be best suited for lunch, because a) we like lunch a lot and b) lunch is easier than dinner. Here's how our party went

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Oh WOW: our baby just turned 18 years old

Cue shopping for the birthday dinner — we’re at the store, looking at birthday cards. I pick one up at random and as I’m reading, I start bawling right in the middle of the card aisle. Full tears were streaming down my face. It suddenly was very real that my baby girl was crossing the line into adulthood.

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Dealing with another parent shunning your teen

Last summer, my daughter wanted to celebrate her birthday by having her two best friends over for a slumber party. I emailed both moms with an invitation and some possible dates. One of them emailed back that it didn't matter what the date was, because she didn't feel comfortable having her daughter in my home. Ever. Following a different drummer is all well and good, until your kid gets shunned for it. Then the panic sets in.