I’m pretty much a go-with-the-flow kind of mommy. I get that what worked one day might not work the next and that both struggles and ease won’t last forever. I also know that what worked for one child may not work for another. So, this request is about what’s working right now for my child.
My little one will be attending a cousin’s birthday party this month. Birthdays are very exciting for our family - especially the singing and playing with family and friends. But two of my baby’s most favorite things to do are to personally hand a gift to the birthday boy or girl and to watch him or her open up the card that has been specifically picked (and usually makes a lot of sound).
Now, I get that some other kids have a hard time watching others receive. I can see why giving a young child a little gift at another child’s birthday is commonly done by well-meaning adults. It saves a lot of tears and frustration. It’s possible that we could need to deal with that later. But right now, so much excitement is placed on the giving of a gift that to be given a little gift might just confuse the joy of giving.
So, my request is, please don’t give my child a gift at someone else’s birthday. Give one at any other time, that’s fine. But when my baby is focused on giving, let’s keep the excitement there.
How do you handle giving and receiving with little ones? Share in the comments below!
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