Glenda - posted on 04/21/2012 ( 5 moms have responded )
His birthday is in the second to last week of June. We have had a birthday party for him every year, but only last year did he include kids other than family. My family lives far away, and I did not grow up in this area or currently have many friends that live close. Last year, we had his party a few weeks early hoping to get more kids from school to come. He went to private school and he was invited to other kids' parties througout the year. We invited his whole Kindergarten class. Three boys from school came, plus his two younger cousins with my husband's brother and his wife, my parents, and my inlaws. My husband's brother and his wife have a 3 and 4 year old girl and boy, and their birthday parties are always packed out with tons of people and gifts. My SIL grew up in this area and has lots of friends and family here. I am not in any way jealous of my kids' younger cousins, nor does my son appear to be jealous, but he does notice that not as many people come to his and his brother's birthday parties. My son is at a new public school this year that is not the school that the kids in our neighborhood go to because we had him transferred to be close to his grandparents so they can pick him up from school. His teacher said that he seems to have a lot a friends and gets along well with kids in not only his class, but in his entire grade. Even though he appears to have friends at school, I've never met one other parent of a boy in his class, and he has never received one party invitation from anyone at school this year. I am concerned that, even if we invited his whole class again, that nobody from school would come. He doesn't have any friends in the neighborhood, and there are only a few girls his age at our small church who we invited to his party last year, but they never came. Due to my changing to a high school teaching job this year, I cannot have the party early like I did last year because my husband and I will both have to be at graduations that Saturday. My parents cannot come this year because we are meeting them at a family reunion in early July, and they can only get so much time off from work. My brother-in-law and sister-in-law and their children are going to be on vacation around the time that I would have to have the party. I know that my son will be disappointed if he doesn't have a birthday party since he's had one every year, but I also think it will break his heart if just my inlaws, my husband, his brother (20 months old), and I were the only ones at the party. What should I do?