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How to Make A Birthday Exciting to a Kid

Author: Jennifer Kropf
by Jennifer Kropf
Posted: Apr 30, 2021
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All of us can remember the exuberance and excitement of birthdays when we were younger. It’s the thrill of being one year older. One more year mature. And it’s our special day, that we get all to ourselves! What fun!

Yet, now as adults, we live in a different time. It’s the era of massive birthday parties, expensive trampoline parks, and thousands of toys for our kids (see non toy gift ideas HERE). Birthdays have gone a bit overboard in my opinion. And will your child even remember these extravagant gestures?

Instead, what counts are the little things that add to big excitement in the end.

Here are four ways to make a birthday exciting for your child. And none of them require money or lots of time.

1. Try a Countdown

First, mark days off of a calendar, or pop balloons until the big day. It’s building anticipation that counts, and even a small calendar on your phone will show your child that their birthday matters.

2. Write a Birthday Letter

I’ve done this tradition since my kids were little, and I’ve been astounded at how much it has meant to them over time. And it’s not that I write much. Most letters consist of their accomplishments over the year and are just a simple reminder that I love them.

And yet, the kids keep all of the letters, and ask me to read them later. Furthermore, I keep an extra copy on my computer so that I can give them again when they are older.

3. Have a Campout

Inside or outside sleeping, it doesn’t really matter! Sleep in the living room on a pull out mattress, or go all out with a tent at a local park. Either way, the child will find it endlessly entertaining to sleep in a different location on their special day. Plus, it’s mixing up the normal mundane routine.

4. Let the Birthday Kid Choose

And finally, let your child be "king or queen" for the day. The birthday kid picks the music, what chair they sit in at dinner, what’s for dinner, what activity to play, and more. Giving choice and freedom will give any child (and adult) an extra high from feeling like they’re in charge.

In Conclusion

Again, it’s the little things that matter to a child on his or her birthday. Most importantly, pay attention and be present. My kids always know when I’m there, but not really there. They won’t be fooled. And what’s truly important to them is that mom and dad think they are pretty special and worth paying attention to.

So, let your child choose, write a special birthday note, have a fun campout, and count down to their big day to make them feel special. You’ll never regret making someone you care about feel loved.

"There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved." – George Sand

Finally, there’s plenty of excitement to be had without forking over hundreds of dollars and making everyone sick with sugar. It just takes a little creativity.

About the Author

Jenn writes at her blog She’s a mom of three looking to learn and grow. Check it out if you love helpful tips on health, family, and personal growth.

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