In our last poll,
Multiple Birthdays - What's Your Take
We visited a dilemma common to parents who have more than one child: your childrenís birthdays are close together and while you want to make the big day special for each child you also need to keep an eye on your finances and hesitate to have the parties back to back. You have spoken and many of you have chosen to host separate parties complete with all the trimmings. Fewer have decided to lump together the parties, while even less said that they only celebrate milestone birthdays. Interestingly, nobody has thought of involving grandma or alternating parties.
While very obviously one size does not fit all, here are some common sense ideas for your little ones and their special days:
This approach will most likely cut down on jealousy, permit for multiple celebrations and ensure that your children will feel very special indeed.
- Pick a neutral weekend to celebrate both birthdays.
- Go all out and have the jumpers, cakes, face painters, party favors, and whatever else will make the day special.
- Allow each child to invite her or his classmates, friends, and acquaintances. Be sure to have age and gender appropriate games and activities for everyone, and enlist the help of some friends to run these games and activities.
- On your children's actual birthdays, have a cake for the child whose birthday it is and mommy and daddyís birthday presents.
About Sylvia Cochran
Welcome to the world of a poet and freelance writer who juggles a family, work, and a hundred commitments. Born and raised in Germany, and since 1988 living in the United States, this writer offers a global perspective on parenting issues, everyday living situations, time management, ethics, marriage, and personal growth. She publishes her work at Families Online Magazine, and Bella Online. Contact her with questions and comments at [email protected] and be sure to put ìFamilies Onlineî into the reference line.