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Happy Birthday to You


My daughter turns 2 on Sunday and I am yet to get her a new dress, yet to think of a gift, yet to order the cake, yet to invite people over,… Do I belong to a rare species? Apparently, not. While birthdays are getting bigger and better these days – replete with magic shows, 7 course meals, return gifts that are more expensive then the birthday gifts, and what not – there is still a slowly growing percentage of parents and children who are not so keen on a full blown birthday party. Well, I did throw a party for my daughter’s 1st bday, but I have decided to keep the 2nd one a family affair. I have also heard of other parents and children being content with a small home-baked cake, chocolates distributed at school and a visit to the temple in a new dress.

123                  Another parent I know combines her childrens’ bdays ( they are 3 days apart ) into a single party. The most recent case I came across was that of a young boy who asked his parents not to celebrate any of his birthdays, but instead… – and here is the good part – … hand over the money ( which they would have spent on his party ) to him !!! Children of today are empowered, aren’t they? A good way to feel nice on such occasions is to make others feel good. As a practice, we always sponsor a meal at the Ramana Maharishi Academy for the Blind on every birthday and anniversary in our family. That, I believe, is another fast-growing trend. Of course, there is no right or wrong here – to each his own. So, what did you do on your child’s birthday?

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Like most mothers she knows, Ramya juggles between finding something that satisfies her inner self and doing something that satisfies her family! Mother of two children, a boy and a girl, her parenting philosophy is not so much to be a popular, cool parent as to bring them up with values that she holds dear. When not donning her 'amma' hat, she switches between being 'manager of Digital Learning at IIMB', 'payer of bills', 'cook', 'cleaner' and 'reader of PG Wodehouse and Georgette Heyer.'


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