Why Birthdays Are Important For Kids | RUDAN JUNIOR ACADEMY
Birthday parties are great when you’re the one being celebrated. But for parents, throwing a birthday party for a child can seem like a daunting task.
Before you opt to skip the birthday party, consider these reasons why celebrations are important for kids:
1. Honor Your Child
If you are looking for simple ways to help your child boost their self-esteem, then a birthday party is a good place to start. If you have more than one child, a birthday celebration is also a great way to teach your children how to celebrate and honor each other’s milestones. A birthday party is a great opportunity to make your child feel special for simply being who they are.
Think about it: a birthday party doesn’t celebrate academic achievements or athletic accomplishments. It’s not based on their talents or efforts in learning a musical instrument or foreign language. It’s simply a way to show your child they’re special on their own.
2. Make Memories
The importance of celebrating your child’s birthday can also be found on the pages of family photo albums. As your child grows up, they’ll spend more time creating their own memories with friends. They’ll go places without you, try things without you and experience plenty of things on their own. So make the most of the time you have together. Planning a party gives you a chance to make memories with your child — and those memories are gifts you can both enjoy for years to come.
3. Encourage Friendships
When you encourage your child to invite friends to a party, you’re showing them you value the friendships they’ve made with their peers. Your willingness to host a special event for their friends also encourages them to build and strengthen friendships.
Birthday parties give children a chance to socialize outside the confines of school. They don’t have to sit quietly at their desks, and they aren’t engaging in academic activities. Instead, they’re playing and engaging in activities they all enjoy.
4. Understand the Passage of Time
Children aren’t born with an understanding of time. It’s up to their parents to teach them to understand how time passes. When you’re making a point to celebrate, especially when you’re celebrating a preschooler’s birthday, you’re teaching your child about their age, growth, and other concepts of time, such as dates, months, and years.
Yes, they’ll get this in school too, but when you give a child a tangible example to hold on to — such as their birthday — it helps to drive the concept home. Children also naturally look forward to becoming older. By teaching them about birthdays, you can give them milestones to look forward to, such as growing old enough to drive, getting their ears pierced or going to school.
5. Teach Children to Celebrate Others
By showering your child with love on their birthday, you demonstrate to them how they should treat other people on their special day. When you make your child feel special by planning a party for their birthday, they will learn to look for ways to help their friends and family members experience the same joy they felt. Over time, they will begin to look for more ways to celebrate others by giving gifts and planning special surprises for others.
When you encourage your child to spend time in groups of other children — big or small — you’re creating opportunities for them to practice socializing in groups. They can practice the manners you’ve taught at home, learn how to hold conversations, interact with others and deal with conflict when it arises.
7. Show Off Unique Interests
Most of the time, a child’s birthday party will revolve around a theme — typically something they are interested in, such as princesses, dinosaurs, or sports. This gives your child a great opportunity to share something they’re passionate about with their friends. Older children may not be interested in a Mickey Mouse-themed cake, but this idea still holds true as they grow. Older children often enjoy party themes that revolve around a beloved activity, such as laser tag or swimming.
8. Celebrate Parenting Milestones
Birthday parties can be a lot of work for parents, but they’re also a great time to stop and remember how much you love your child. Birthdays give parents time to reflect on how far their child has come and to look ahead to what’s in store. If it’s been a particularly difficult year, it can also be a much-needed time to kick back and enjoy the company of other adults while your children entertain each other.
At RUDAN JUNIOR ACADEMY, we give our students the opportunity to celebrate the milestone of making another year in their lives.
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