In these days of rampaging materialism and children demanding mobile phones by the time they’ve made their first friendship group at the age of 6, it’s heartening to see that some parents still ‘get’ what it means to give a meaningful birthday gift.
My daughter received this handmade plaque on her 4th birthday from her good friends Heather and Lola and it has pride of place in her bedroom.
On the day of her birthday, Mia flat refused a birthday cake and candles and forbade any of us from singing Happy Birthday.
I had to do a ‘most serious promise’.
She eventually relented and let us buy a giant cup cake and her brother could blow out the candles.
Because really, all she wanted to do on her big day was bury her face in fondant icing – and what girl doesn’t crave that?