Is unfortunately, usually, their parents.
One of the things that I noticed pretty quickly when we moved back to this area is that in the South people tend to live by the rule of "do as I say, not as I do" – especially when it comes to RSVPs. I have
been bitten on more than one occassion by parents who didn't RSVP for birthday parties. I don't mean responding "no"… I mean no response at all. One year, I had to move an entire party altogether due to parents not RSVPing for it. Try explaining that to a 4 year old who had her heart set on a certain type of party.
I'm not the only one who's faced this.. I have a friend who went thru the effort and expense of having professional invitations printed up and still ended up having to call each person who was invited to find out if they were or weren't going to be in attendance. It's insane.
And while not responding to an invitation is annoying I've decided that an even more annoying trend that I've started to witness is the one where parents try to changemy plans to accommodate theirneeds. It happened last year with M's birthday and it happened again this year. We lay out a plan to celebrate her birthday, extend the invitation with details on what we're going to do and when. Both times, without fail, there is one set of parents who come along and try to change it.
This year the plan was to do a (non) sleep over in a downtown hotel. We planned to have all the girls show up by 5 so we could go to dinner by 6.. eat dinner, come back and swim, then proceed to hanging out, watch movies while consuming gross amounts of junk food before retiring for the night. Fun plan for the evening right?
It was until the inevitable last minute change of the one family who wants to arrive 2 1/2 hours later and only be here until 10. Really? Why bother coming at this point?
It honestly doesn't matter to me but when it affects my kids, it makes me absolutely bonzo. There is nothing worse than having to console a kid of any age because they think it's personal.
What other annoyances have you seen parents do? Does it make you look at their kids any differently?