Every birthday party Z has been to in the last few months ends the same way....TEARS! He loves the playing part of the parties (bouncy houses, arcades etc.) but when it is time to stop playing and eat pizza, cake and ice cream....the kid goes to pieces. He cries and cries and cries and no matter how much we role play with him or prep him for this moment of the party...it always ends the same.
Z does not eat birthday party food, he also does not like to be in confined spaces. Party rooms are usually small and the kids are crammed in stuffing their faces with this tasty birthday food. Z use to go in, try to sit (he was an emotional mess) and be close to tears the entire time. Now he resorts to full out tears and won't go into the rooms at all. It is torture for him, embarrassing for us and just plain awful. The only solution I see....unless somebody has a different one for us....is to take a break from parties for a bit. It will be hard for him, I am sure, to miss his friends upcoming parties but I don't know what else to do. Any advice???