What age did you choose to spend your Birthday with friends over your family?

Childhood Birthday Celebrations - At what age did you choose your friends over your family to celebrate your birthday with?
July 2, 2008 7:57am CST
I celebrated my eldest childs 10th birthday today. I wanted to make it really special because time is passing faster than I want it to (sometimes). Soon I feel that he will consider us - his family - too uncool to hang out with and choose to spend his birthday with his friends first. I am not saying that he still wont have a birthday bash with his family but that he will think about what he and his mates are going to do together first. Today while I was taking happy snaps I kept getting moments flash in my head of when he was a baby - most of them were of him screaming at me and keeping me up all night but they were still fond memories none the less! He is getting so big! At what age did you choose to spend your birthday with friends over your family? Why did you think celebrating with your family was uncool? Today I feel old!
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5 responses
• Indonesia
4 Jul 08
hi madebyrobyn, yes, you're right. that's natural, i think. i don't usually celebrate my birthday. neither with my family, nor with my friends. i think birthday is just another day, nothing special. but i respect people who consider birthday as a special day. have a nice weekend
@joliefille (3696)
• Philippines
4 Jul 08
I only spent it with friends when I moved to another city to work when I turned 24 years old. I didn't think it was uncool to celebrate it with my family, in fact even before I'd have preferred to celebrate it together with family and friends.
• Australia
4 Jul 08
I dont think there is a cut of point in anyones lifes where they cant celebrate there birthdays with there family. I sometimes find that my siblings will go out to the movies with there friends and then in the evening we will do a bbq or a party just with the family. I find that celebrating my birthday with my family is heaps cool and it makes me so happy. I love birthdays and partys..Bring on the many years to come. :)
@shilpa_p (198)
• India
2 Jul 08
Hi.I know its hard for mom's to deal with their children spending more time with their friends.I'm 19 now.I did initially feel the need to celebrate with my friends.I guess its just part of growing up these days.priorities are fast changing while you're growing up.Some kids just do it because all their other friends do it and there are a few who express their independence by doing that.As for me,i found it really difficult to just leave my family home and celebrate with friends so what i've always been doing is spending half my day with family and the other half with friends.That way my mom's happy too and i don't feel bad about growing up!Cheers.Take care.
@zeroflashx2 (2491)
• Philippines
2 Jul 08
First off, Happy Birthday to your son! Well, as for me, I'm happy that I really get to spend my birthday with my family and as well on their birthdays. Now, I'm 28 and I just celebrated my birthday with my mom, sister and fiancee. I do spend some of them with friends but it usually is at home having a small party with my family there as well. Take care.