Since my boys started a new school after the Christmas holidays, I am glad that they are making friends and being invited to see their friends outside of school. It is a social milestone for them and I’m glad that they have adjusted so well. Sometimes too well I fear.
We all know how crazy and stressful (not to mention expensive) it can be to host a birthday party for our kids. Now that my kids are school aged, birthday parties are a whole new kind of stress. Where to have the party, what kind of food should you have, cake or cupcakes, loot bag planning, and most importantly, who to invite.
Birthday parties are a big deal for my kids. DS1 has come home crying more than once saying that so-and-so isn’t inviting him to his birthday party anymore. I’ve even heard my kids say to each other “if you don’t stop that you can’t come to my birthday party!”
They are difficult to host but what about being the parent of a child who is attending a birthday party? That can be stressful too! With a child in ELKP and a child in grade 1, we are learning that there have to be a few ground rules. They really can take over weekend family time or start to interfere with other activities that we have worked hard at planning and making time for.
From experience here are some considerations for accepting a school mate’s birthday party invitation:
Birthday parties are meant to be a celebration and it is an exciting event for the parents as well as the child. Having a few ground rules makes it much easier to enjoy the parties rather than be annoyed by them.