So today is my eldest-born’s sixth birthday. It got me thinking about my own birthdays as a child, and how my mom always tried really hard to make them special. Now my mother dearest has eleven children. Eleven!! It still boggles my mind. She had many routines to survive parenting her eleven. We had a breakfast schedule (Mondays–Oatmeal, Tuesdays–Scrambled Eggs, etc), we had a job chart of weekly chores, and every night dinner at 6:00 pm on the dot.
She even had a birthday routine. We’d wake up early, as we always did to read scriptures together as a family, but on birthday mornings we’d sit around the kitchen table and pass out presents to the birthday kid. And my father would say a special prayer for the birthday child. Then we’d have a special birthday breakfast of whatever the kid wanted. That night, we’d celebrate by having a requested dinner and a birthday cake. We’d all sing ‘Happy Birthday’ as loud as we could and the birthday kid would blow out the candles. And every other year we could have a birthday party.
Basically the day was all about the birthday child. This may seem pale in comparison to others’ celebrations, but the consistency of having your birthday celebrated this way every single year was something to cling to, as a child in a crazy world.
So without further adieu, here are 25 ways to make your child’s birthday special.