I am sitting here in stunned silence having read this article on Parentdish.
Apparently, a parenting trend for 2014 is, wait for it...
I'm sorry but... You what? Who is doing this? Who is behind this utter lunacy?
I have trouble keeping my kids names straight these days (what with having five of them, I'm not *just losing my mental faculties) never mind remembering double the amount of birthdays. Really - ten birthdays a year? And that's just my own kids! I've got 16 nieces and nephews as well - where would the madness end?!
Parents seem to be under increasing pressure to throw the best & most lavish birthday parties and to buy the latest and most expensive presents for birthdays and Christmas for their offspring, I have to wonder what on Earth there is to gain by adding another (completely unnecessary) celebration into the mix. What next? Conception anniversary parties? I don't even want to know who you would invite to such an 'event'. Or what you would give as a gift for that matter... Condoms, maybe?
To prevent you from having to attend another party like that one...
Marking the occasion at home with a family dinner or a little cake or something is one thing. But apparently these parents are throwing actual parties. PARTIES. Excuse me, but if my child was invited to a schoolmate's "half birthday" party I would be raising an eyebrow, and yes - I would be judging. Sounds a bit greedy to me.
Perhaps I'm being a grump but my kids get one birthday, one party (or day out) and one Christmas - and that is all they need. Is it a very merry un-birthday to you? And you? And you? Or do you agree with miserable me, surely one birthday is enough?