Oh yeah… That’s why we don’t do birthdays

In moment of what I now realize was complete insanity,  I decided to go to my parents house to celebrate my moms birthday as well as Gavin’s…

We went to my parents to celebrate a few birthdays.  We had cake, ice cream and sang happy birthday to Gavin,  my Mom and my sister’s boyfriend.

Everything was going well until Gavin opened his presents. 

The was all it took to set Emmett off.

Emmett freaked out because he wanted to open Gavin’s presents. Emmett screamed and screamed.

I could see Gavin starting to get wound tighter and tighter.

After we got home,  Gavin had 2 meltdowns and Emmett had his share as well. Tonight has been a rough night and I don’t ever want to repeat it.

Sometimes I forget why we don’t do things like birthday parties.  The truth is that I probably don’t forget but more likely just think that this time will be different.

It’s never different.

The end result is always the same. I swear to myself that I will never do this again.

Somehow,  I always never remember and make the same mistake over and over again.

Each time I say to myself,  Oh yeah….. That’s why we don’t do birthdays…

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Rob Gorski

Full time, work from home single Dad to my 3 amazing boys. Oh...and creator fo this blog. :-)
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Thanks everyone. I have to say I agree. I feel at times like I'm robbing my kids of a childhood when I have to restrict things all the time.

I just want them to be happy and be kids but that isn't always whats best. 🙂


Rob, we all do this and the reason why? Because we want our kids to do what kids do. Kids go to and have birthday parties.


I too am a glutton for punishment. I continue to try things that I know have not worked in the past because….., well, I'm not sure why?


Hi Rob,

How familiair… Over the years I have learned that preparation, structure and anticipation are the key words. Sometimes It is like a military operation..
But hang on there please, things will get easier over the years when the boys are learning and you as well..you can do it, you are a gifted father..

Janneke, a Dutch mom of a son (now 14, with Autism, Tourette's and a dysthyme disorder) and a daughter (now 11, high sensitive)

Christi McMillan Aden

yeah… nothing like a wake up call!! Its Feb and we still have our tree up….see NOW I remember why we don't put up a tree!


The same reason women have more than one child! 🙂