It’s my son’s 6th birthday today. Birthdays are a big deal in this house, and I go to a lot of effort to make the kids feel special. We all help with the wrapping of the presents (minus the birthday child), the kids get to have some say in what they want to get for their brother or sister, we choose a birthday cake, and I try my best to make it look just like the picture.
There was one more tradition that I started too … and this year I almost forgot about it. The blowing up of a lot of balloons to wake up to find the next morning. This year, it completely slipped my mind, and when I was reminded at 7pm that we hadn’t started the balloons yet, my heart fell. Oops. A pretty big tradition and I’d forgotten.
Luckily, years of balloon blowing had left a couple of half packets in the ‘bottom, messy drawer’ and the crises was averted … but it was a near thing.
Traditions are important to children. It gives them a sense of belonging and excitement in the family. And while I don’t necessarily believe you should all start blowing up balloons on every child’s birthday, I do believe that you should think about the traditions that you could cultivate in your own family.