We have been invited to a very glam and exciting sounding weekend which will be incredibly good fun. The trouble is is that it's a whole weekend away from Friday morning until Sunday evening and my DD's 8th birthday will be on the Friday. We can't celebrate it the week before or the week after due to other things already in the diary and then it's Xmas and New Year.
No. And I've had that situation twice. The first time was a weekend when DS birthday was on the Sunday. The 2nd time it was his birthday on the Monday - I decided it would be odd not to see him the day before (he's only 6) and in the end, that was the day we had a family party. When he's a bit older, then I might but not until he's a teenager. And possibly not even then.
I remember my dad being away on my 11th birthday. i was gutted but i was work and i knew he would rather have been with me
the way I see it, you probably have a max of 16 birthdays (prob less!) where their birthday is a special family event and they actually want you around on those days. That's 16 days out of many many years.
Of course if birthdays aren't a big deal in your family (like DSM) then that is a different matter.