Background: Maddie and Annaliese both have birthdays in June. J.D.’s is in December. Mine and my niece’s are in July and the grandparents celebrate all the summer birthdays at once.
We purchased birthday gifts today for Maddie’s classmate who has a birthday party tomorrow, and also for a family friend who has his party Saturday. As expected the kids fawned over every doll and toy they saw. They’re pretty good when I say no they can’t have one today. Then they ask, “can I have it for my birthday?” Now, my answer is usually, “we’ll see, let’s just wait.” That’s easier to do when the birthdate is 2 months away. Not so much for poor JD who asks how many days til his birthday and I tell him, “180”. So for him to receive some fun summer toy, we either have to buy it now and then get something additional for the girls to even it up(tripling the cost) or relegate their purchases to birthday gifts and JD gets special presents for no reason. JD has waited 3 1/2 months to use his Toss Back baseball net received for Christmas.
Doug suggested doing a half birthday for him which I think would be fun. Or should we just get him a few little things for the summer and leave it alone? Is it ok to get your kids something just to get it for them? Does J.D. need to just deal with the fact that his birthday is 6 months later than anyone else’s and that he gets all his gifts in the winter(Christmas and Birthday?) It may seem like an odd question but our budget has been such that new toys are usually considered special and come around from my biannual resale quests(Spring and Fall). We rarely get something just to get it although I wish I could. Especially when I know its not one of those “play-with-it-for-30-minutes-and-never-use-it-again” items.