Fostering Alice Blog
Today is Alice’s birthday. I am sure many families have the same feeling with birthdays so close to Christmas – but what on earth is there left to get her? To be honest I do most of the birthday present shopping when I am doing the Christmas present shopping in November and December, that way its not such a stress getting it done after Christmas and I don’t have to go to the dreaded sales with the other hoards of shoppers. Anything else I want to get I usually try to get online in the Boxing Day sales – so it arrives in plenty of time.
This year Alice is mad on ‘Shopkins” – I think they were a craze last year and she is only just catching on – which isn’t a bad thing as they are definitely not as expensive as they were last year- – however still pricey for what they are. From what I can see they are tiny toys that look like items of shopping. Alice loves imaginative play, and so I don’t mind spending money on something she will actually get use of!! Along with several packs of Shopkins, we get her some new clothes in the sales and some stationary – whilst she’s not that into writing letters – she does love to make pretend “shopping lists” when playing.
This year she is at school for her birthday, sometimes this feels like a blessing – as we only have to think about breakfast and a special tea and think about a party or special event at a later time.
There have been quite a few times where it feels like she has sabotaged her own birthday with terrible behaviour and outbursts, so we approach the day cautiously. Fortunately, she woke up in a good mood an the morning went pretty well, if anything she was a little over excited – but that we can cope with – after all it is her birthday!!
Now I just need to get on and organise her party – it’s hard coming up with new ideas – things that she would like to do, are affordable and accessible for her. She often wants to so things that are just not possible. My friend had an idea to do a “baking” party. I think this may be a good idea – although a bit less of the actual baking but more like decorating cupcake type of thing would work perfectly. That way we can keep it at home and have smaller numbers. It is always better to keep things smaller for her, as she finds it so hard to keep on top of her emotions – especially with a crowd. Now to just get on and fix the date and get the invites out!!
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