Dear Dish-It, My Brother Keeps Beating Me Up

Dear Dish-It,

I didn't think I wanted to have a birthday party this year, or so I told my mom. She said that I couldn't have a party anyway. Now all my friends think I'm weird for not having a party. (I didn't tell them that my mom wouldn't let me.) But I AM turning 12. Got any advice?

Dear ashz91,

If the only reason you want to throw a big bash for your birthday is to impress your friends, save your time and avoid a big argument with your mom. Your sudden change of heart about having a birthday party only came when your friends said you were weird. If your mom's not too cool with you having a party, why don't you ask to have a sleepover with a couple of your closest friends? You could rent a bunch of videos and stuff yourselves full of popcorn. Or, what about going for pizza and hitting the bowling alley? You have a ton of celebrating options, so sit down with your mom and figure out how you're going to make your 12th b-day something to remember!

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