NO-ONE Turned Up To His Party!

Kerry Gibb

Kerry Gibb is a mum to four lively boys and the author of It's A Kid's Life - a series of books aimed at children aged 7 - 11 years old.

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24 Responses

  1. Vicky says:

    Bravo Kerry, fantastic post & so very true! I hate the thought of any child being excluded let alone one who is viewed as ‘different’ which in itself is appalling to me. I hope your post goes viral & gets people thinking. Xx

  2. Sadie says:

    I hate the thought of children being excluded, and every time I send out invites for my children my biggest fear is no one turning up. I thought this article was so strange surely they would have rsvpd to say they weren’t coming or something, for all not to come I almost wonder if they didn’t get the invites I know of no child, special needs or not that wouldn’t have anyone at a party especially aged 6 I’m sure the whole class of mums wouldn’t have just not turned up and not said anything? I’d be asking at the school. If they all just boycotted or were too ignorant then that is a disgrace. My children are still young and want to be friends with everyone they have friends who have special needs but don’t notice they are much different any more than she has blue ayes and he has brown sort of thing. You are right it is up to us to set an example and be kind. x x

    • Kerry Gibb says:

      Absolutely, kids are so impressionable at this young age and as parents it is our job to guide them. I’m sure all of the kids would have had a great time had they gone. x

  3. Such a heartbreaking story x

  4. Doctomum says:

    That poor little guy! Every parents nightmare for their child. I just want to take it all way for this little lad. At least he has the love of his parents and family.
    Everyone needs to be more thoughtful of their actions these days, there are real people and children in the end of them. I hope he has a better next birthday.

  5. great post! good on you!! The more we spread the word the better. I have a post coming out very soon shared with me by a mother who has a son with autism. She is an amazing woman and I will let you know when it’s up. Well said Kerry, much respect xx

  6. This is appalling!! How awful. I feel so sad for the poor boy and so angry at the parents of the other children. Things like this make me feel so very sad,

  7. Ah that is so sad, the poor little boy it hate to even imagine how he felt, what i don’t get is why the parents didn’t respond. As i always respond to an invitation one way or another x

  8. That is so sad ;( and awful that the parents didn’t reply one way or another x

  9. Jacqui says:

    So sad but so true, my son is wonderful, clever and caring – but is challenged with the social etiquette of life. A child with Aspergers.

    • Kerry Gibb says:

      I bet your son is amazing. I always think that with time the social etiquette can be learnt to a certain degree and other kids would be lucky to be as wonderful and caring as our sons are. I am often proud of how caring and compassionate my son seems compared to other kids his age. xx

  10. I am utterly sad and shocked while reading this post…I am a mother of a 10 year old Autistic girl, as you say these children love being with other children. Hope you, and your son had a brilliant day, and if you are vising London… we, and my kids’ friends would love to hang out with you 🙂 Much Love and Best to your little one xxx

    • Kerry Gibb says:

      Thank you for your lovely comment. Let’s hope others reading this will realise our kids would love to socialise with others and will make more time to help this happen. xx

  11. Anne-Louise says:

    I feel for the 8 year old to have no one turn up is heartbreaking. As a teacher, I find it hard to believe that a whole cohort of children could have knowingly been so hurtful. Did parents definitely receive invites? My children have lost various invites and thank you (including those from themselves to others). If they did receive invites, did they simply not RSVP?; did they reply to say they were coming and then not turn up; or did they reply with a no?; is there a sickness bug/chicken pox going round.
    Most my class (age 7 & 8) accept others as they find them. Yes- they can irritate each other, yes, they can argue but they all care for each other, and respect each other’s differences. Not all children are friends but every child I know would have at least one person turn up; unless circumstances wee unavoidable. Maybe this isn’t the case in all classes and school, a family member has ADHD/ASC and they have suffered bullying and loneliness. I feel for him so much as he can be so unhappy BUT he still had several children come to his party.
    I know of other children who have had a large majority of the guests cry off at the last minute, it is upsetting but sometimes unavoidable, depending on how many you have invited.
    I sincerely hope it wasn’t as it sounds and a whole class just didn’t turn up because of his needs; if that is the case then that needs looking into!

  12. Anne-Louise says:

    Sorry, 6 year old.

  13. Lisa says:

    This is something I’m worrying about right now. My daughter is having a party in a couple of weeks, she’ll be 10. She’s autistic. So far only one person has RSVP’d as coming. I’m dreading the day coming and only that one friend being there.

    She’s having a joint party with her sister (who isn’t autistic) and I have to admit to being worried none of her invited people will show up either as a knock on effect.

    • Kerry Gibb says:

      If I were you I would chase up all the parents for an answer. My son is having a party in a few weeks and only one person replied. When I chased up the other parents they all said their children could come. They just hadn’t got round to replying. Hopefully it will be the same for you. I hope your girls have a wonderful day. xx

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