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January 22, 2008

Birthday Party Season

There was no ringing bell to let me know that Birthday Party Season was a go. Don't they shoot a gun or something to let you know? It's the humane thing to do. Just kindly, but loudly, announce that Birthday Party Season is open and invitations will be pouring out of school bags soon.

The family calendar is scattered with two hour fete events across the next month. I do like my children invited to birthday parties, it makes me think that they do, in fact, have been socialized well enough to become a friend. What I like better is when both children are invited to the same party. This past weekend Child A was invited - Child B not invited. That's tough. What do you do with Child B? We went to the Dollarama to learn that buying a treat will make one feel better (isn't that a good education I'm providing for this pre-shopaholic?!).

It's hard to take one kid to a party and leave the other at home. Somehow, it just doesn't feel fair. On occasion, (when I know the parents and when the party is at a party place - not a home) I have asked a parent if I could bring both of my children to the celebration. I add that the uninvited child does not expect a loot bag (and I pick up something special for the tag along kid and give it to them as a treat for being the guest of the birthday gang). This usually works out. Kids don't need to be separated, I add a helping hand to the party (because I can't leave my littiest at parties just yet) and everyone has a good time. I have also, on occasion, paid admittance for the sibling to enter the play place. Fine with me as I understand that there is a party budget and I can certainly chip in a few dollars for my extra kid.

It just makes Birthday Party Season a little easier.

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At January 22, 2008 at 8:40 AM , Blogger Karen said...

I totally understand the dilema of one child being invited and not the other. I have once asked if my non invited child could attend and it was fine. However my preference is not to take both of them. I think it is important for them to start to understand that they don't do everything together, it is hard walking out of the house with the birthday goer excited and happy and the stay home child clinging to the banister looking longingly out through the rails (almost like he is in jail) and wondering why he is not invited...but it is a chance to explain that not all his brothers friends know him and they only invite the children they know to the party...even if they know he exists it is not the same as being in the same class at school or daycare. It is hard but I believe it to be a very important learning opportunity for them. Also it can be a great opportunity for one parent to get to spend some one on one time with the non-invited...something that rarely happens in our family but always seems to work our very very well!

 

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