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My daughter Madalyn LOVES our neighbor’s daughter. Madalyn is almost 5, the neighbor’s daughter, let’s call her Jen, is 8. When we first moved in, their ages were 2 & 5. Jen LOVED hanging out with my daughter, it was like having a little sister. But recently, I think Jen (who will be entering 3rd grade) is definitely feeling too old to hang out with my 4 /12 year old. My daughter BEGS to play with Jen. She stalks her in fact (looks into the neighbors driveway to see if the car is there) and is constantly begging to play with Jen. Last year at my daughter’s 4th birthday, when the neighbors were there, I explained to the mom that my daughter LOVES Jen but I understand if she doesn’t wish to play with Madalyn that’s okay – she is much younger. At that time, the mom said Jen loves to play with Madalyn so we continued to ask. They have maybe connected about 3 times since last fall to play and it’s always us calling down to the neighbors. I’m almost positive it’s simply because of the age difference. Jen is getting older and now having more playdates so she doesn’t need to hang with the neighbor much anymore. But how do I explain this to Madalyn? I tried to explain that Jen is older and likes to do things Madalyn can’t do. Sort of like how Madalyn doesn’t always like to play with her little brother. I tried to use her cousins as an example (to which she replied "but cousin A loves to play with me" (she does, but they’re cousins). How do I explain this to a little girl? I often feel like a stalker calling this mom for dates all the time. School says all she talks about is Jen – draws her pictures, can’t wait until she’s Jen’s age so they can ride the bus together (which won’t happen due to ages), etc… It breaks my heart!!
My son is turning 6 in a few weeks and I’m looking for some way to mark the occasion without the hoopla of a traditional kid party. We’ve done birthday parties for the past two years, and frankly, I don’t want to do one this year. The problem is that we’ve recently come off the school-year birthday party circuit so in his young mind, a birthday equals a party. He’s got a list of friends and even the kind of cake he wants. I’ve tried explaining to him that you don’t always have a party, but your birthday is still YOUR day, and is still special…just not sure he’s buying it.
Any suggestions for celebrating your child’s day, with maybe just 5-8 little friends, that does not involve the traditional gym/bowling alley/party factory? Our home is quite small, so that is not an option.