Some parents argue that birthday parties have gotten out of control what with goodies bags being so extravagant. Today, Kidz Venture would like to turn the focus on the benefits of a birthday party for your child’s development.
1. Shehla: How can parents take the focus away from the gifts for a child’s birthday?
Having a special day every year that is uniquely their own is a significant part of a child’s growth process and goes a long way toward building self-esteem. But in addition to this, it is also an excellent opportunity for kids to socialize with their little friends and make exciting memories that will carry forward throughout their entire lives.
Katie Pearson recently reported in The Huffington Post on the importance of a birthday when she wrote about 10-year-old Colin. ‘Colin told his mom not to bother planning a birthday party because he had no friends, but his mom decided to prove him wrong. She created the Facebook page "Happy Birthday Colin" for her son who has Asperger's Syndrome.”’
What followed was truly amazing. To date, Colin has received support and well wishes from 1.2 million people worldwide with many "liking" the page and leaving him birthday wishes in advance of the date on March 9th. Pearson wrote, ‘The support is so great; people are now mailing cards to Colin and his mom is saving them for his actual birthday.’
This occurrence highlights a different view of the importance of celebrating children’s birthday parties. Today we sit down with Ms. Shehla and ask her top tips for keeping the focus on fun and play for your child’s next birthday.
Answer: This a very individual value that is different for each parent depending on the background. In some homes, presents and gifts are used as a means of getting children to do something the parents want done as an indirect bribe. Therefore, in such cases the children consider presents to be vital for happiness and contentment. If parents do not want to attach too much value to presents, etc, children need to be self-motivated and driven by the desire to achieve happiness through other means, such as spending time with a parent and doing group activities as a family. Above all, parents should explain the aspects of every concept to their child, rather than indulging him or her with a present as bait to get the job done.
2. Shehla: Why is it important for children to focus on the celebration and togetherness of a birthday?
Once again, I will say that this emerges from parents’ treatment of relationships. If the parents have shown that they value togetherness and family for a celebration, the child’s thinking will follow suit. A child who has been given these values will always strive to work on their relationships with others and consider it important to be surrounded by loved ones in addition to enjoying presents.
3. Shehla: How do Montessori nurseries celebrate birthdays and bring in local geography?
The concept of time passing and the number of years marked by the earth’s revolution around the sun is thus communicated in a concrete manner. The children love to trace the timeline of their friends in the same way, looking forward to looking at pictures of the past and commenting on the changes they see.
THE ORIGIN OF THE HAPPY BIRTHDAY SONG -
Did you ever wonder where the Happy Birthday song came from? Sure, we all sing it every year at kids’ birthday parties no matter what language we speak, so here’s a little background on everybody’s favorite song when young (and not so much when we get older). Two sisters, who were born in 1868 and later became educators, wrote the music and lyrics together. The Hill sisters first wrote a song for the classroom entitled ‘Good Morning to All’, which was published in a songbook in 1893 called ‘Song Stories for the Kindergarten’. It gradually changed to ‘Good Morning to You’ and from there became ‘Happy Birthday to You’. It was copyrighted in 1935 by yet another Hill sister; and that's the story of the song.
If you have an upcoming birthday for your little one and would like to talk to us at Kidz Venture, we welcome your call.
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