A child's birthday- no party

Tracy - posted on 02/28/2013 ( 1 mom has responded )




Is it rude not to have a child birthday party, but still ask for gifts? I can not afford or have the time to give a birthday party this year. My daughter turns three this year. Most of our family lives in a different state. In the past we have traveled to that state and gave my daughter a birthday party. My daughter really needs clothes. L know this probably sounds selfish, but we are really in need. Please let me know what you think, Thanks


Liz - posted on 02/28/2013




Generally speaking, it's rude to ask for gifts for any occasion.

You say you cannot afford to give a party or have the time: do you really not have the time to hold a family dinner in your home to mark the day? A child's birthday does not have to be for all the kids they know or involve huge expense, but it IS important for the child - especially at age 3 - that something a little bit special and different happens. All it would take would be a simple family dinner with a birthday cake that you bake yourself, even if you use a box mix, plus some little candles.

You can apologise to family for not being able to make the trek this year but invite them to share the meal with you near your home for once and see what happens?

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