My only child's 3rd birthday is coming up next month and it's the first birthday that she really "gets" how special it is when it's someone's birthday. She got a little jealous at a friends birthday a few months ago and we explained we must be happy for her friend & let her friend know how much we love her because birthdays are a special day just for that person. She really took the lesson to heart. And was so excited for her daddy's day. Even refusing to eat his birthday cake leftovers the next day "cause it's no his birthday!" She asks every morning if it's her birthday yet (a good opportunity to teach her about the calendar and for her to learn her birthday)..... So yeah this has become a big special day with quite the countdown!
Now I get an invite from my cousin for a combo birthday party for 2 of his 5 kids (neither of which even have a birthday in the month of May).... On my daughters birthday! No I haven't mailed her invites yet- her birthday is still a month away. But we have a huge celebration every yr. ON her birthday. He simply said "oops I didn't know." Grrrr.
It's a huge drive for us to celebrate with my family, so it's not like we can schedule on a different day (even though I don't think we should have to.). And the kicker is my whole family (including parents) are drastically closer to my cousin's kids because they all live in the same town & he heavily relies upon them to help raise his kids. They feel like they need to be at that birthday rather than my daughters. So I'm frustrated... And doing my best to not show it! How can a grandparent choose another kid over their only grandkid?
Has anyone else had a similar scheduling problem (or idiot cousin)? What did you do?
She is already excited for this family party; she's picked out the theme & helped picked out decorations. She KNOWS when her birthday is. How do we not lose the lesson she already learned?