I’m not celebrating my son’s birthday

So my beautiful little Jack will be 1 on the 13th of January and we have decided to not celebrate it. Does this make me a bad parent? I don’t think it does because he doesn’t even know it’s his birthday! We’re not even buying him a present because he’s just got loads for Christmas and there isn’t anything he needs.

This will be the first time we’ve not celebrated a first birthday but after 4 children and many birthdays we’ve realised that there really is no need until they understand. Teen 1, teen 2 and Harry have not really enjoyed their birthdays until their 4th. I just think our money would be better saved for when they are older will appreciate it more.

People say the more children you have the less they have like it’s a not caring so much kind of way but it’s not, you just become more knowledgeable in what they actually need and not what you think they need.

We will probably say Happy birthday in the morning and let him open presents from other people but generally it will be a normal day.

Did you skip your child’s birthday?


Update! We have decided Friday will be a normal day but we’re giving him a little tea on Sunday with family. Still not buying any presents though. 

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4 Responses to I’m not celebrating my son’s birthday

  1. EssexKate says:

    There are so many presents in our house they aren’t really appreciated. However we will be celebrating Little’s birthday this month because there are very excited family members

  2. Sara says:

    Our sons birthday is only 4 days before Christmas (he’s now 7) but we did celebrate his 1st birthday just a small family celebration to mark his important date.
    We didn’t do presents as like you say he way too young and had so many – totally agree with you there!
    It was nice to mark the day though and he does ask now he’s older to look at photos of when he turned one.
    It’s a personal thing though and I understand 🙂

  3. Linda says:

    My daughters birthday is the beginning of January and we celebrated her first birthday as we did both her brothers. With it being a long time until xmas we bought her things that would be more age appropriate later in the year and put them away until she was ready for them.
    I loved celebrating all of their first birthdays even though they wouldn’t remember. It’s a milestone and she loves to look at the photos of herself and us.

  4. RachelSwirl says:

    It’s totally your decision, I don’t think I could do it though, I’d have to get them at least one gift, a card and some cake x

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