My LO is turning one on Saturday. I have no idea what to do. I didn't plan on anything other than a cake, a hat, balloon and a photograph (given he is not in anyway yet interested in birthdays) but people keep asking me what I have planned and look so disapproving when I say “not much”. What do you think? Do you think I'm being a bit lazy not having a party? ~Anon
Parties are an individual choice. You should do what feels right to you and try (yeah right) to ignore the disapproving views of others. Some people choose to have a large celebration claiming it is more for them to celebrate their child's birth than really for the child in question. It is also the case that a first birthday is celebrated by adults rather than children. It is a day for all the extended family to come and OOH and AHH over your precious little bod.
That being said, there are a few ways to make the day special, less stressful for you and a fitting celebration for someone who has no clue what is going on!
Good Luck, and remember; your child's first birthday is special for you. Celebrate it in a way that makes you happy and in a way that you will treasure..and don't think about what others think you should do!
I am a preschool and primary school teacher and mum to 3 children. I have been involved in education since 1997 and have trained in a variety of educational specialist areas. It is with this expertise that I write articles to help parents and educators provide quality learning experiences for the children in their care.