“Happy Birthday to YOU!”
This is something to celebrate!
Children, and all those who are young at heart enjoy birthdays. It is not just about getting older, it is reaching that milestone of another year. It is a day when we emphasize a person and what they mean to us. For our children, it is a day to make them feel significant as a part of our family.
In art, emphasis is described as “special attention or importance given to one part of a work of art”. This often causes the piece of art to communicate meaning because of what is emphasised. An example is the Last Supper by Leonardo DaVinci. One’s eye automatically goes to the middle of the painting – to Jesus – because of the placement of the figures on each side, the perspective of the walls, and the lightness of Jesus’ robe. All these qualities emphasis the importance of Jesus, the focal point of the painting.
When we celebrate members of our families, we emphasize their importance which results in their feeling loved and appreciated. Each family celebrates in unique ways. It does not require a lot of money to make a child feel special. In fact, spending more may result in less personal attention.
Some thoughts to consider when planning children’s’ birthday celebrations:
- limit the number of friends to the age of the child (this does not include cousins, who are entitled to come)
- ask the child what they would like to do for their party (one of our children wanted friends to come and play baseball – how fun and easy was that!) One grandchild had a camp out in the backyard with a movie projected on a sheet hung from the deck.
- if the child wants to go to Paris, France – discuss the realities of life, and then plan accordingly
- during warm weather – one grandchild had a water party with water games like water balloons and watergun battles
- decorations can be simple – don’t fall in the trap of copying a Pinterest layout that stresses you out for a two-year old – the child won’t notice
- as children get older, the parties do NOT have to get bigger and bigger. A special outing as a family may be a chance to celebrate that child and his/her interests.
- make sure the celebration is about that child – not the photo ops.
- most importantly – let your child know how thankful you are that God added him or her to your family
In Psalm 127, Solomon is rejoicing in God’s blessing of giving children. In verse 3 he says –
3 Children are a gift from the Lord;
they are a reward from him.
Are we responding to our children in such a way that they know they are a blessing to us? Or do they feel like they are in the way….a bother?
We must let our children know daily – not just on their birthdays – that we are so thankful that God joined them to our family.
May we place emphasis on each child’s value to ourselves and to God.