Notes on Parenting

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Friday, March 11, 2011

Celebrating Birthdays



Families have a variety of rituals and traditions one of which can be celebrating birthdays. There are many ways to celebrate birthdays and it does not have to require spending a lot of money. Lee (2009) looked at how low-income rural mothers make their children's birthdays meaningful. It was found that mothers adopt different strategies in order to create meaningful birthday celebrations for their children. The following is a list of examples that I came up with from thinking about my own family and family friends:
  • The birthday child does not have to do any chores or work
  • The birthday child gets to use the celebration plate for dinner
  • The birthday child gets to choose what activity to do
  • The night before tickling your child one last time at that age
These are just a few examples of how to make a birthday special for a child without having a big extravagant party or spending a lot of money. What do you do to celebrate your child's birthday? We would love to hear what you are doing to make that a meaningful day for your children.

References: Lee, J. (2009) Children's birthday celebrations from the lived experiences of low-income rural mothers. Journal of Family Issues, 30 (4), 532-553, doi: 10. 1177/0192513x08327861

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