At my kids school, they celebrate half-birthdays when the children would otherwise have a birthday during summer, and that makes sense to me: the in-class parties (at least for the earlier grades) are quite fun and often meaningful, with parents and siblings invited in for the short celebration.
Being born in August, I should know this one pretty well, along with the problem of kids being on summer holiday during when I’d ostensibly have a birthday party, except I don’t actually remember having many birthday parties, and those I do have vague memories of were from when I was little and we lived in New York.
Theoretically, then, I would have been a prime candidate for half-birthday celebrations in school, but I have no recollection of that happening, nor of anyone’s birthday be honored or celebrated in class. I mean, we just did schoolwork and I don’t recall much else going on day-to-day.
What I find interesting about the Fort Knox cartoon I include above is the idea that there’d be non-school parties or celebrations, or that children could actually invite friends over for cake and presents when it’s not actually their birthday.
Outside of school, does this actually happen? Have you ever celebrated a child’s half-birthday at home or otherwise hosted a party to mark the 6mo milestone? If so, um, why?
Note: Fort Knox is done by Paul Jon, a self-described military brat. Learn more on his Facebook page: Fort Knox on Facebook. No gold bars required.