DEAR DEIDRE: MY daughter broke my heart when she asked why only one friend was invited to her birthday party.
I am a 35-year-old single mum. My daughter is five.
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I couldn’t invite many children because of my ongoing mental health problems.
I feel like a useless mum and am beating myself up with guilt.
I felt I could only cope with a small party and wanted it over quickly.
I feel depressed and withdrawn. I don’t enjoy the things that used to make me happy.
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I lie awake at night regretting not having invited more of her friends.
She was happy with her presents but I can’t stop feeling useless.
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DEIDRE SAYS: Being a single parent is hard work.
Birthday celebrations are part of growing up but they don’t have to be huge, organised parties.
It is vital your daughter knows she is loved and by listening to her and supporting her, you will already be doing this.
You sound very low so please see your GP and explain how you are struggling.
You can have simple celebrations with her that are still special.
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Invite her friends to the park for cake or a teddy bears’ picnic.
It needn’t be extravagant for her to have fun.
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