So much is expected of children today and so soon. Not only do parents expect them to make good grades, but also to be well liked by classmates, physically adept, computer literate, and to shine in a particular area such as music or dance. To achieve these ends, extra curricular activities often begin in the preschool years. It's common for three- and four-year-olds to take ballet, gymnastics, and even a martial arts class.
Birthdays are special because they are a celebration of the greatest gift you will ever receive, which is your child.
Birthdays are an exciting event for children and really not complete without a party. The challenge is to plan a party that won't throw your budget clean out the window. Organization and planning ahead are the keys to success for any party.
The van is stuffed to the rooftop, the kids are happily strapped into their seats and you're off on the vacation of your dreams. As you roll along, contemplating lazy days on the beach with that new novel you've saved for vacation, you are interrupted by a civil uprising in the rear passenger compartment. "I'm hungry. I'm tired. How much farther! I have to go pee! Joey is looking at me."
Every year, I collect magazine pictures of things which correlate to my child and their interests that year. About a week before their birthday, I decoupage these pictures onto a cardboard box. Their "Birthday Box" then becomes the center piece for our table. This box will now hold the following:
Stretching those dollars can sometimes be hard when it is gift giving time. I have used this recipe to make gifts for children at Birthday time and Christmas. It is also a great activity for you to do with your children or grandchildren to pass the time away on a hot or rainy day.