Earlier this week I bemoaned how being away from your child on their birthday or a holiday can be tough for divorced parents. Â While that’s true, I forgot to share another lesson. Â Even if you have to spend a special day apart, there’s NO reason you can’t celebrate on a different day. Â Not only can it be just as fun, but in some ways it can be more relaxing since you’re released from the expectations of the actual day.
Case in point: Â my son’s 14th birthday. Â Yes, we had to celebrate a couple days later since Ben was at his mom’s, but we still had a real party of it. Â After watching a sitcom almost a year earlier where the family was throwing pies in each other’s faces, Ben mentioned he’d like to get pieface for his birthday. Â I think what he really wanted was to throw pie in the face of his family. Â Nevertheless, I jotted it down on my tickler calendar, and surprised him with pie in the face for his 14th b-day.
As the pictures show, it doesn’t have to be your child’s actual birthday to have a special time and celebrate! Â Calendars can be great for keeping us on schedule, but don’t ever let them take control and give you a reason to not celebrate a special occasion. Â So whether you’re divorced parents or your kids are away at camp, go for it … a day, a week, a month later … it doesn’t matter. Â Become a pie face family like we did, or celebrate in some new, fun way. Â Whatever it is, just enjoy and have fun!
How do you like to celebrate with your family? Â Any fun ideas for us to try out? Â Or share some pictures of you getting pie in the face … come on … it’s fun! Â Here are a couple more of us.