The latest and greatest thing to bring to a kid's birthday party isn’t some new toy or computer game. In fact, it’s something that you won’t even see at an adult’s birthday gathering. It’s more than simply cake and ice cream. There are a number of parents that are making each child that attends the party sign a liability waiver. Liability waivers are what to bring to the next kid’s birthday party you attend.
Normal kids play is getting more and more complicated in many circumstances as times change and evolve. There is the Xbox or the Sims which has replaced the Hula Hoop and the Pogo Stick. What is the liability waiver replacing in our modern-day and age at a child’s birthday celebration?
When is a liability waiver generally used for children?
Signing up for soccer or swim class in gym requires a liability waiver and many parents can understand the need for this document. There is physical contact and possible harm can come with the physical activity or contact sports that you have chosen for your child to take part in. However, attending the next kid’s birthday party will also need a liability waiver in place of a simple gift and card. What are the risks with the physical activity that can come from your child simply being a child at a birthday get-together?
Are children’s birthday shindigs becoming to elaborate or dangerous? Are you taking the entire third grade class on a ski trip to celebrate turning 9 years old? Jetting down the slopes may be a little much in place of a simple cake and ice cream celebration in the back yard with Bozo the clown as the entertainment. One of the most popular parties to see the waiver is at a swimming pool party or those parents that expect children to play in a Bouncy House or Trampoline. These are all situations where physical activities at the birthday party are more than the average child’s play. Should a liability waiver be required for these categories of kid’s birthday parties? Should the age of the children come into play for a waiver or no waiver party?
Scores of parents are actually asking for children coming to the next play date along with birthday parties to bring a liability waiver signed by their parents if they want to share in the festivities. Are there precarious happenings at the play dates as well as parties?
Is it polite to ask for a waiver?
The Washington Post asked Miss Manners for her take on the situation and she indicated that she wasn’t even luke warm on the idea that a waiver of liability be completed in order for kids to come to a party for a child’s birthday.
Are you comfortable signing a waiver?
Parents in bigger cities are more likely to see these types of forms and scores have asked to have them reviewed by their personal attorney before signing and returning them. Is it just as rude to have your attorney look it over before signing? Are these even enforceable? Most states show these are not even enforceable when and if signed. Though, courts haven’t tried to enforce one as of yet so how enforceable they could actually be is questionable.
Be certain that although you are adverse to the liability waiver for a child’s birthday party you must remember that not everyone feels the same as you do and parents have the right to ask for the waiver if they would like to.
How to say no to signing a waiver
If you are a parent that has refused to sign you must prepare to handle this situation with your child. Explaining what the waiver is and why you won’t sign for your child to attend the party could be a tricky situation.
Don’t put your kid on the spot in front of everyone else attending the party. Get this sorted out ahead of time. If you have to RSVP this could be a great time to decline the invite with polite thanks, but no thanks. You don’t need to share your reasons for declining unless you feel a need to. If the waiver is presented at the door of the party this is a different situation, but should still be handled with manners and courtesy if possible.
For parents that are asking for a signed waiver, you should also ask if you would consider having one in place for your dog at the birthday party and other possible dangers. Although you don’t imagine that your family pet, which has never bitten anyone, would bite today are you asking for a waiver for him also? Have you had other occurrences at previous parties making a waiver necessary at this one?
Homeowners insurance may cover all the children and check into it before asking for waivers to be signed. You don’t want to lose some friends over child’s play or unjustified paranoia in our litigious society. Can kids be kids anymore without signing a liability waiver to attend a kid’s birthday party?