“My sister-in-law completely excluded one of my children from her son’s birthday party”

A parent has turned to the internet for much-needed advice after her sister-in-law completely left one of her two children at her cousin’s birthday party

Imagine your child being left out of family birthday arrangements
Imagine your child being left out of the family birthday party arrangements (stock image)

If one of your kids wasn’t invited to their cousin’s birthday party but the other one was, you’d be pretty pissed, wouldn’t you?

Well, that was the situation one mother claims to have found herself in recently, and she says she was so heartbroken for her son that she considered not letting either of them attend the party.

But she wasn’t entirely sure if she was being unreasonable, so she turned to the internet for advice.

She accepted mom net to vent, writing, “I don’t know if I’m overly sensitive or if this is a really shitty thing, so interested to hear what people think.”

“I have two sons 18m and 3. SIL has two sons 3 and 5.

“Next week is my nephew’s 4th birthday and my mum invited me to his party today using only my youngest name.

The mother was heartbroken, her son was not invited to the party (stock photo)

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“I assumed it was a bug and the text SIL that says ‘Invite’ just says DS2 is a bug. She replied and said no, her son chose who he wanted to attend and he just said my youngest son, I replied and said I didn’t think it was fair to exclude a nephew from the party and she said she didn’t think so that it would matter he’s never interested in playing with them.

“As a background, my eldest is considered to be autistic, he has social issues and doesn’t socialize often with children his age, but he loves to see his cousins, he enjoys watching them play even when he is not interfere.

“There are no problems between them, no fights/arguments; He just keeps his distance, does his own thing or watches everyone else. He is a happy boy, rarely throwing tantrums or breakdowns in public.

“The party is at their house in the garden, they have a lot of space, so numbers don’t matter.

“I don’t know if I’m just overly sensitive and heartbroken for my beautiful boy as I feel like this is the start of how he will be treated growing up.

“I’m considering not caring at all.”

People jumped to the mother’s defense, saying the sister-in-law was “out of order.”

One wrote: “I’m generally happy with the fact that kids can invite whoever they want to parties with a few restrictions.

“It’s not nice though. When your family can’t aim to be inclusive, that’s pretty damn depressing. I would plan something else with both boys.”

“This is terrible. I would not go and would be very offended. As soon as you come to school age parties I wouldn’t expect a sibling invite but for the family it definitely should always be both siblings (if same age),” said another.

One suggested confronting the sister-in-law directly rather than brooding about it.

They wrote: “This is appalling. I would decline the invitation, saying that you are incredibly hurt and offended, and pointing out that you are upset for the future when your family is so unsupportive and uninclusive. How utterly awful. Hard to believe that an adult can behave like that.”

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