It’s that time again! That’s right, it’s time to celebrate your child’s birthday. If your child is old enough, she may have already started counting down the days to her birthday. The countdown on your calendar means it’s almost time to scream happy birthday to your child! Each year, parents try to come up with unique ways to make their children’s birthdays special. The secret is thinking about what truly makes your child smile, and surprisingly, it’s not always a birthday party.
Happy Birthday Child
Here are a couple of ways you can say, “Happy birthday to your child”:
Create a Silly Song or Poem
A birthday isn’t complete without singing “Happy Birthday,” but this year, come up with your own song for your child. You can make a silly song or a sentimental one, depending on your child’s age. Surprise your child by using the instrumental of one of her favorite songs to sing or record your song. You can give your child the song on a CD or perform it at home. Just to be on the safe side, avoid performing in front of his friends. And if you don’t want to sing, you can create a poem using the first letters of your child’s name. Print the poem and attach it to card stock. Pick a color or design that matches your child’s bedroom. Have the poem framed so your child can hang it in his room. This personalized keepsake a thoughtful, inexpensive way to wish your child a happy birthday.
Plan a Day Trip
What’s going on in your neighborhood or in nearby towns during the week of your child’s birthday? Scan your local newspaper, visit your city’s website and visit local blogs to see if there are any upcoming events your child might enjoy. Whether it’s children’s day at your local museum or a neighborhood scavenger hunt, you can plan a day trip to wish your child a happy birthday. Pack a picnic lunch, grab a ball and head to your local park and on the way home, hit up the local bakery for a quick sweet treat.
Surprise Your Child at School
Find out your child’s teacher is okay with you stopping by to surprise your child for his birthday. Depending on your school district’s rules, you may be able to stop by with a box of cupcakes, a cake or cookies to say happy birthday, child while celebrating with your child and his classmates. If the school doesn’t allow parents to bring foods into the classroom, you can create small goody bags for him and his classmates. Include items such as stickers, fake tattoos, pencils, stencils, crayons, rings, toy cars, key rings and activity books.
Make Breakfast in Bed
Prepare your child’s favorite breakfast dishes and surprise her with breakfast in bed. Make waffles or pancakes and decorate them with funny, happy faces using whipped cream, various fruits, sausage or bacon slices.
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