So the other day I helped a good friend with here daughters birthday party. She turned four and had invited all here friends from daycare. There were 14 very exited, and I must say well behaved little girls lined up at the front door with a gift in their hand, ready for a good time and some tasty treats.
And this is where my problem enters the situation. We as you know have a little girl who will soon turn 2. And we try to raise here without the massive amounts off sugar and plastic toys that kids are bombarded with now a days. I know that there is no way I will ever throw here a party with the kind of food that is customary for kids party’s around here, and I am not very happy about my little girls room being filled with pink plastic in various shapes and sizes. But what do I do? How do I get away from this oh so common way of celebrating a birthday without breaking here little heart. And even worse, what do I do about the other 12-14 birthdays she will be invited to every year? That is a loot of cupcakes, chocolate cake and hot dogs wrapped in pasty white bread. Sure she will eat those things on a few occasions, but 14 times a year? The idea makes my stomach turn.
Finding alternatives for food probably wont be that hard but I think it will be a challenge to get the kids to eat whatever alternative I come up with. Mini pizzas on whole wheat crust, fruit shish kebabs and so on are some ideas. And there are lots of options for making a cake with less sugar.
Sometimes I wish we lived in a place so small there would only be 4-5 other kids hence reducing the amount of birthday celebration a kid has to endure. I am all for party’s, getting together with your friends and having a good time, but I want to find a better way of doing it. Some alternative ways to celebrate. Thoughts have crossed my mind to forbidding here to go to the sticky party’s or to donating here gifts to charity or adding a now gifts line to the bottom of here invitation. But what will she think? She will obviously see that all the other kids get gifts at there party’s and that they get to keep them. Nor do I want to seem rude or ungrateful by rejecting a gift.
So there’s my dilemma, now what? All I want is for my little girl to grow up in a way that I consider healthy, mind spirit and body. And to me the birthday party puts a big dent in that idea.