This week, my 22-month old toddler received his first birthday party invitation from a classmate. I have no clue who the parents are and do not know much about the child either, but they are definitely in the same class. I’ve heard the girl’s name before, I just don’t know which one she is yet. Is that bad?
I went back and forth deciding what we should do. On the one hand, I absolutely want to celebrate with the little girl and her family. It may mean a lot to her.
On the other hand, I fear it will be painfully awkward because I do not know them at all. I mean, I’m going to their house and don’t even know what they look like.
What would you do? Would you go?
I decided in the end that I will go, so my son can share a special moment with his classmate. Birthdays are memorable times for children and I think my son will enjoy it too. We also get to meet a new family which can be a good thing.
I may not know the little girl, but my son does, so why not?
Although I am terrified inside (just a little) because I am hoping it will not be awkward, I keep reminding myself this isn’t about me.
I have to remember it’s about the child, but I’m not used to this new practice where kids are invited to each other’s birthdays. Not just friends, but entire classrooms are invited these days, and I’m just getting used to this concept.
I guess I’m the strange one here.
What do you think? Do you have birthday parties for your toddler that include the entire class or family only?