Birthdays have always been special events in our family. Being a volunteer and serving others has also been a part of my life since I was a small child. Between school and family service projects, volunteerism became part of my inner core identity.
Encouraging youngsters at any early age (including toddlers and pre-school) to engage in service oriented activities fosters deep qualities of generosity, empathy, compassion, appreciation, and social accountability for the greater world community around them. These qualities will lead them into adulthood as responsible caring individuals.
A wonderful introduction to foster appreciation of volunteer activities is to create a birthday party that will make a difference in the life of your child and their guests.
Many times children’s’ birthday celebrations become very complicated, time consuming, and overly excessive of activities, themes, and gifts. The simple idea of cake and
ice-cream seems to be fading from popularity. Lavish expenses include over-the-top goodies bags, hoards of gifts, contracted entertainers, and catered food. These are becoming an accepted reality in a child’s world of birthday gatherings.
Youngsters seem to need to keep up with or “top” their friends by lavish birthday celebrations. Being bigger and more “epic” seem to veer the true meaning of the day. Children may experience feelings of envy, peer pressure, or disappointment that their day did not have enough to impress or satisfy friends or their needs.
Parents and guardians can do a great service to guarantee a joyous, fun-filled birthday celebration without all the excessive stress and pressure. Planning a unique party by
“making a difference” to others will assist party-goers with the important message that true important gifts come from helping hearts and hands.
Your child, friends, family, and guests will experience a great feeling that doing something for someone else is not only great fun but the best gift one can give to anyone –
birthday or not.
It is easy to plan a party that makes a difference with the birthday girl or boy.
Check out my next blog at Storyteller Shop for party plans that rock the heart and soul.
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