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As I posted before my ex and I have joint birthday parties with our 2 sons instead of doing seperate ones!!
I had to spend 2 hours with my ex and his wife, the wife's family, my ex in-laws, and my current in-laws. This is a very stressful thing for me. However, it went pretty well. My ex's wife's family are all very nice people but my ex in-laws and I do not speak at all.....not even hi. I just pretended like they were not there and overall my son had a terrific 7th birthday party. Next month our oldest son turns 11 so we have to do this one more time and then done for a year.
I'm glad it went well. I can't imagine! So far I've avoided DH's ex's events with her husband & family. They live in another state & we DS just turned 2 so the last 2 years I've had the excuse to stay home with the baby. We have separate birthday celebrations when his girls are with us.
My ex isn't in the picture anymore so that's not an issue. Thankfully!
I think it's great for the kids that you do this together! I'm totally impressed!
Good for you. A birthday for a child (or children) is all about the child & to be able to put your personal feelings aside for a few hrs for the child's happiness/Birthday is wonderful. I used to be able to have that situation w/ my ex but his family no longer felt comfortable in doing it after a certain stage. No biggie, I tried.
Again, lots of kudos for you putting your personal issues w/ other persons' aside for the happiness of a combined BDay party, it's hard to do & it takes a REALLY strong person to accomplish that!