Friendships at such a young age are constantly evolving. Therefore, if my child wasn't invited to a party, I would take the opportunity to teach my child how to roll with the punches. It will feel bad, but in the big scheme of things, will it really throw my child's life off course? No. I wouldn't even address the mother of the birthday child. Instead, I would focus on teaching my child how to handle their feelings, and make them realize it will probably be different year-to-year with friends.
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