Another year has passed by and my Little just turned 4! I can’t believe how big she has gotten. Every year as another one passes me by I am amazed at how quickly time went. When you are a kid it feels as though father time is an old man walking slowly with his cane, through life. It seems to take FOREVER to finally “grow up.” Then you’re grown up and father time, obviously works out, eats his Wheaties, and runs marathons, because before you know another year has come and gone.
Celebrating birthdays in this house is quiet the ordeal. We go BIG and we do it all with flair! Below are just 5 of the guidelines I have stuck to help my kids feel celebrated well on their big day.
1.) Sing All Day.
Don’t just sing “Happy Birthday” when the cake comes out, sing it all day long. Sing it when they wake up, sing it when you eat cake, sing it before they go to bed. Sing it through out the day for no reason at all! It’s a special song for a special day, so wear it out.
2.) Make a Tradition.
Having some sort of Birthday tradition is a fun way to celebrate. We have traditions for special holidays and birthdays are no exception. Treat it like the long-awaited, special day it is. For us that tradition is eating a Waffle Ice Cream Sandwich drizzled in chocolate syrup for breakfast! My dad did it one year for me when I was a kid and it was an amazing way to start the day. So I made it a tradition with my littles, and every year on their birthday I buy their favorite ice cream and we eat it for breakfast.
3.) Tell Them the Story of Their Birth.
My littles love hearing the amazing story of how they were born. We start our morning cuddles off with it in fact. So build it up, and make it as exciting as you possibly can. (If you’re not sure how to do this, go watch Big Fish.) Add less of the details and more of the flavor. It’s a fun way to bond and who doesn’t love to hear a story that features them as the star!
4.) Let Them Miss School.
Their education is important, but missing one day is not going to make them fall behind and ruin their entire education. Birthdays are a holiday and one of the most important ones of the year. So take off work, let them miss school, go on an adventure, and spend a day celebrating them.
5.) Make it All About Them.
If they have sibling this is really important. Get the whole clan together and remind them that today’s focus is on the Birthday girl/boy. For my girls they have so much they have to share, (not talking about toys) including a room, that I want their one special day to be the only day where it’s all about them. That doesn’t mean they have free reign to be a troll. (Manners are still a must, and sharing your toys is just good manners.) But it means the main focus is placed on the birthday girl/boy, they get the spotlight. And when the other one starts to feel jealous, get down to their level, look them in the eye and tell them what an amazing child they are and how you can’t wait until you get to celebrate them on their birthday, but today, ask them to help you celebrate their sibling.
Let me know your favorite ways to celebrate in the comments below.