My son turns 5 next week.
We are both excited, yet a little sad. You see, there’s a pretty good chance that my husband is going to miss it. He’s been gone for training and I’ve been solo parenting.
Because his Dad isn’t going to be here, I want to make sure that his day is really great.
I’m not a Pinterest-crafty-type Mom who shows her love by making awesome cakes or going over the top with surprises and decorations. But I do enjoy doing things to make my kids feel special, they just don’t involve hot glue guns, or late night baking extravaganzas.
We have a birthday party planned that will be later in the week, but I wanted to find ways to make his actual birthday special.
This year, I’m going for simple, easy, and loving.
A Birthday Chain
J is finally old enough to really understand days of the week and how to count down days.
So I’ve made him a birthday chain. I started it two weeks ago and added 14 paper rings to make a chain. Each night he rips off a chain, and counts the how many chains until his birthday.
It’s a fun way to build excitement for the special day.
A Yes Day
I’m a big fan of yes days. I think it’s a fun way to reconnect and have a day of play with our kids.
Basically, you let your child decide what you’re going to do that day.
Want ice cream? Yes!
Want to go to your favorite park to play? Yes!
It’s a neat way to fill a child’s attachment tank and make their birthday special.
This year, I’m going to let my son have a day where he gets to make the plan!
A Morning Surprise
This is one of our birthday traditions that is so simple, yet so much fun.
All I do is blow up a few balloons after he’s fallen asleep the night before and hang them from his doorway using ribbon.
He wakes up the next morning to a fun birthday surprise of balloons.
It’s simple, less mess than filling a room with balloons, but still has that “first thing in the morning birthday surprise”.
A School Surprise
My son has preschool on his birthday this year, and I’ve talked to his teacher about being a Mystery Reader for the class on that day.
I get to show up with my son’s favorite book and read it to his class.
I’ll also be showing up with an arm full of cupcakes for him and his classmates.
He’s still at an age where he’ll be excited to see his Mama at school, so I know it will make him feel special.
A Surprise Visitor
Oh man, I’m so excited about this one.
We don’t live near our family, and there’s a chance that my husband won’t be here for his birthday. I was sad that it was just going to be myself and my two year old here to celebrate J’s birthday.
So, imagine my glee when my sister-in-law asked if she could come up and surprise him for his birthday?!
Y’all, I cried…
Nothing thrills my soul more than knowing that my son gets to see his aunt, that he adores, on his birthday.
I can’t wait to see his face when she walks through our front door!
So, if you have someone special in your child’s life who lives far away. Maybe ask if they can come for a visit on your child’s birthday.
I’m excited about his day, and can’t wait!
I think I have some really fun, and simple, ways to make his day special.
How do you make your child’s birthday special?