By Fredrica Syren:
The parents in my daughter’s class have decided that, instead of having multiple birthday parties to attend, all kids with birthdays during the same month will celebrate together and have one big birthday party. When I heard this, I immediately thought, “Ok, so … yes … I get it: the parents are tired of going to all these parties.” When I voiced this, their answer was no: it’s the kids who get overwhelmed with all these parties.
I know it’s been a long time since I was a 6-year-old going to birthday parties, but I do remember how much fun they were. I remember how special it was to have a day just for yourself, with all your friends at your home to celebrate you.
I firmly believe this new plan is to benefit the parents, NOT the kids; and I think we take something special away from them by doing this. One dad, who was not a supporter of this new plan, said, “It’s like forcing me to celebrate my birthday with everyone else’s birthday at work: I just would not like it.”
Birthdays are special, especially when you are a kid. I believe in celebrating my kid’s special day for both them and me, actually. I like remembering what happened and how this little beautiful being come into the world on this day. It’s also for my daughter, for her to know how special she is. I want her to have one day when she can hang out with her friends, eat what she decides to eat, and play what she wants to play. She should know that everyone is here to celebrate the special little girl she is and that she has grown one more year older.
Happy Birthday, my beautiful baby girl! I loved the thought of you before you came into the this world. I fell in love with you the day we looked into each other’s eyes for the first time, and I will love you always and forever …. Thanks for choosing me to be your mom.