FIRST BIRTHDAYS ARE THE BEST. IT’S A MAGIC MILESTONE FOR ANY PARENT AND PROVIDES THE PERFECT OPPORTUNITY TO START SOME LIFE-LONG TRADITIONS.
IDEAS FOR BIRTHDAY TRADITIONS
I’ll put my hand up right now and say that I’m the uber-sentimentalist (“mental” being the key chunk of text in that word!). I have saved boxes and boxes of kids’ art, ticket stubs, locks of hair, really impractical kindy box constructions, macaroni necklaces, teeny birthday cakes, school books and more. It’s an intense obsession and one that I can trace back to provide loads of opportunities to start lifelong traditions. When helping my mum clear out her wardrobe years back, I rescued a shirt that she was about to throw out. Something about it resonated with me. Maybe it was the mega-1970s collar, the birthday. And that there was the lightbulb moment – I would wear the shirt as a surprise for mum at to wear that shirt again on my second daughter’s birthday and I have now put it away in a special box • supply something for a time capsule that you can open on their 21st. A newspaper is a good inclusion. • Buy a piece of jewellery that has the ability to be worn by the birthday child now and into adulthood. Think necklaces, adjustable bracelets, earrings. • tree on their special day. Photograph your child with that tree each birthday to follow. • Make a birthday crown (or similar) and each year take a photo of your child wearing that crown etc. • Buy a children’s story book (eg. Dr Seuss’s “Oh the places you’ll go”) and each year write a message to your child in it. Or, write your child a letter each year and bind them into a book for their 18th/21st. • Buy your birthday child a keepsake plate (even special silver cutlery) so they can eat birthday cake from this plate for years and years to come. • Start a growth chart. A piece of dowel from Bunnings, painted, is an inexpensive and transportable way to record growth. • Take your child’s hand print, in paint, every birthday and watch them grow into adults. party in the late-1970s. Below, the shirt at her