PAR­TIES CAN BE FILLED WITH GIG­GLES, EX­CITE­MENT AND CRE­ATE MANY HAPPY MEM­O­RIES. ON THE OTHER HAND, PAR­TIES CAN BE FILLED WITH MANY OP­POR­TU­NI­TIES FOR LIFE LESSONS TO BE LEARNED.

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Chil­dren are like sponges as they ob­serve, feel and of­ten ab­sorb all that is hap­pen­ing around them. Chil­dren learn via ob­ser­va­tion. They watch and feel our ev­ery move­ment, hear our words but learn far more than we choose to ac­knowl­edge by ob­serv­ing and feel­ing our ac­tions. Through our ev­ery move­ment, we are our chil­dren’s life teacher. Through the plan­ning, or­gan­i­sa­tion and ex­e­cu­tion of a child’s party there are many move­ments and many po­ten­tial teach­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties. It is worth ask­ing our­selves, with each of our move­ments, ac­tions and de­ci­sions: PAR­TIES RE­QUIRE DE­CI­SIONS. DE­CI­SIONS ARE MOVE­MENTS. WHAT QUAL­ITY TEACH­INGS ARE WE OF­FER­ING WHEN WE MAKE DE­CI­SIONS? 1. What are we teach­ing? What are we en­dors­ing? Are we say­ing ‘This is what I rec­om­mend for you to do as a child, teenager and/or adult’? Who do we in­vite? Who do we not in­vite and why? 2. 3. 4. 5. Do we have a cake? If yes, what sort and why? If not, why not? What games do we play and why? Do we buy a present? If not, what is the rea­son? If yes, what is the

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