1 07/22/2013 parenting Kids, Parenting Issues

Summer Birthdays

All of my kids were born in the summer: July, August, September. I got to waddle through the hottest part of the year in a muumuu, swollen with the sweaty weight of Life strapped to my gut, with a 4-litre frappuccino in hand and NO ONE could judge me. It was awesome.

The thing with summer birthdays is this: barely any of the kids’ friends are around due to vacations, and also, three birthdays in three months makes me tired so I have kind of dropped the ball this year. I convinced Avelyn to have a Special Family Birthday where we went to a local fun park and then out for dinner in lieu of a typical birthday party with 36 screaming kids, goodie bags to piece together, and games to plan. It was a really nice day and she felt special and loved. Win-win.

But here’s my question: do all the moms of the kids with birthdays during the school year, who invited MY kid to THEIR kids’ parties, get angry or feel miffed that I didn’t reciprocate? Is it bad birthday etiquette? Or are they relieved that they don’t have to go and blow $12.99 on a meaningless piece of plastic from Stuff Mart and mark another party on the calendar?

I don’t know.

As a mom, are you ticked if the kids who you invite to your kid’s party doesn’t invite your kid, or do you understand that summer birthdays come with unique challenges? And also do you  understand that some moms are lazy, too?

PS: Avelyn is seven! Happy Birthday!!


  • Sonya D

    My little one’s bday is in August. We always do a family bbq but with his friends we hold a party before school ends. We don’t do it every year but this year he really wanted a party. We did it at the beginning of June. Some years we just arrange a sleepover with a couple of his closest buddies when they are in town. They are just as happy.

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