I posted last night about how only one kid showed up for my kids' party, and how I hurt for the boys. You all responded so kindly, and I do appreciate it. I know it's a small thing, and people have *real* problems, but still I felt so bad for them. They're 11 and they're terrific kids who are growing up soooo fast.
Dec 14, '05
Hopefully next year's birthday party will be a joyous occasion for your boys. With grace and the passage of time they'll recover from this unfortunate turn of events.
Good luck to you!
Dec 14, '05
I too hope next year wil turn out better. :kiss
Dec 14, '05
Your child deserves better. I have learned to NOT have big parties, but rather, go "all out" for just a couple GOOD friends and take them paintballing, or to an amusement park and spend lots on just 3 or 4 good friends to have a fun time w/my son and daughter. It has worked out so well for us, and no disappointments for our kids. Meant-time, welcome to all nurses.com. Please read my introductory greeting below, it will give you some guidelines for our site:
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Actually I'd like to thank you as well. We've gotten home those invitations for pre-school parties, and it never occured to me that those kiddos may be really banking on my son to attend. I spose its 'cause we don't really know anyone here, I don't know the parents, etc., and we don't have any family here, so I've always felt like the 'outsider' and thought we were probly just getting an obligatory invite due to the req. that all students in the class should get one if one gets one, lol. His preschool is at a church I don't normally attend but I think most of the Mom's there do attend and they all seem to know one another. Your post changed how I was thinking about it all though, I don't suppose it matters if we're the 'odd folks' out when a kiddo just is hoping someone will come to his party! The thought of your sons hoping and checking that someone will show up, man, that just really breaks my heart. I'm going to try to pay more attention to those invitations that come home. Thanks.
Dec 14, '05
I do like Deb does. When my youngest was small around 7 maybe, he wanted a big party. He invited his whole class and 3 came. He is the kind of child that is very quiet, gets his feelings hurt easily, not really outgoing etc. (total opposite of his big brother). I too felt so bad for him because he was so upset. Hes 14 now, and ever since then he will ask his 2 best friends here for his birthday. He gets to pick if he wants something special cooked for his bday or go somewhere special to eat and what he wants to do. One yr he wanted to take his friends to the movies, one yr skating and one yr bowling. There have even been a couple of years that all he wanted to dowas just go out to dinner with us.
It has worked out great, so great that now his older brother does the same thing.
I hope that next yr your kids have a great birthday!
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