Parental Guilt

I'm feeling guilty at the moment.

For Top Ender's Ninth Birthday, I had planned on having a small meal for her with her friends at a restaurant. I'd be there as a parent, but I wouldn't sit at the table with them and they could basically have a lovely "grown up" evening together.

Then with one thing and another it didn't happen. In fact Top's didn't even get a birthday cake.

She got gifts of course, and a lot of money, and a lot of love and she even took over the Facebook page for the day (which she loved) and we did eventually make a cake that we said was to make up for her not having a birthday cake.

Top Ender's Late Birthday Cake

Top Ender is so adorably forgiving though, she didn't care that she didn't have a party with friends. She didn't care that she didn't have a cake. She just loved that we love her and that we were with her on her birthday.

I'm still feeling guilty though.

So next week I'm taking Top Ender out for a special meal out.

I'll let her have a mocktail or two, I'll let her have what ever it is she wants from the menu including a starter, a main meal and a pudding, if that is what she wants. I'll spend the time with just her, no talk of Daddy or Big Boy (unless she wants to), no mobile phones or tablets (her distractions of choice) and we'll talk and giggle and flirt with the waiter (she is a right flirt) and have fun together.

Maybe then I'll start feeling less guilty.

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