When I first heard about the ‘sibling party’ mum-to-be Fifi Box threw for her daughter, Trixie, I rolled my eyes. Hard.
A ‘sibling party’, I have found out, is a party thrown for an older sibling to make them feel better about getting a new baby brother or sister.
Yep. Because all kids need it reinforced with cake and balloons (when it isn’t even their goddamn birthday) that they are the most important person in the world.
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As a millennial, I’ll be the first to admit that my resilience is somewhat… lacking. That’s putting it mildly. I can’t handle criticism (which obviously makes writing things on the internet a fabulous career choice), to the extent that when I get my grades back for university assignments, I don’t open it to read the comments which would probably help me on my next assignment.
I don’t take any responsibility – also a millennial thing – for being this way. You see, not only am I a victim of the everyone-gets-an-award culture, I’m also the youngest of three kids and pretty spoiled. Growing up, my older brother’s birthday, which is two days before my own, was also when I received my gifts because I just couldn’t deal with the jealousy I felt seeing him get presents and not me (and my mum evidently didn’t want to deal with my jealousy either.)
I know you probably hate me by this point. I get it. I really do. But the good news is, I’m doing my utmost to raise my own kids to be at least a little bit hardier than I am. In houseplant terms, I’m the fiddle leaf fig that dies because you watered it on Saturday afternoon instead of Saturday morning, but I’m aiming for my kids to be more like desert cacti. So when I heard that parents are throwing ‘sibling parties’ for their kids, I was pretty horrified.