I just went to a birthday party where a 2.5 yr old threw a tantrum because he did not get to blow out the candles (it wasn't his birthday). Instead of the mother explaining to him that it was not his birthday and moving on, the mother asked for the host (mother of the birthday boy) light another candle for her son to blow out. This upset the birthday boy but they did it anyway. For some reason, this entire scenario bothered me. If the child had been 1 or 1.5 years old, it would not bother me but the kid was 2.5 for Gods sake and the mother should have at the very least taken a minute to try to explain this to him. I think that it was rude to ask the mother of the birthday boy to then relight the candles so she could indulge her son in his demands. This is just me.