BIRTHDAYS BY AGE
After a marathon weekend of 4-year-old birthday parties of every size, shape and flavor, David Worford, About.com's guide to stay-at-home dads, weighs in on which was the most fun – and the answer’s not what you’d expect. Then, check out Amanda Rock's clever ideas for age-appropriate preschool birthday celebrations on the About.com parenting preschoolers page.
Twins may be double the fun, but is a double birthday party the way to go? Pamela Prindle Fierro, About's guide to twins & multiples, shares her thoughts in “Happy Birthday to You… and You Too.” And if you have a child with special needs - or your kids' have friends or classmates with disabilitiies - you’ll want to read Terri Mauro’s compassionate take, “Birthday Party Trauma,” on About.com’s parenting special children site.
W Parent's Jacquelyn talks about the Chinese cultural tradition of Full Moon Parties to celebrate a baby’s one-month birthday. Get the lowdown on the red eggs and other cultural icons surrounding this charming tradition.
It’s so easy to go overboard when birthdays roll around, says Christy Matte in a Quirky Fusion blog post about the insanity of trying to keep up with the rest of the preschool crowd. Katherine Lewis, the About.com guide for working mothers, agrees. What we need, she says, is an end to birthday madness – and her five rules for throwing a simple, fun party for your kids ought to help.
And the bloggers over at Strollerderby do a birthday party smackdown on a hot issue – do babies even need parties? Check out the pro-con musings of Strollerderby's Jeanne Sager, who says yes, they do -- and Jen Chaney, who says, gimme a break.
Got older kids? Jennifer O’Donnell, the About.com guide to tween parenting, offers up a plethora of great ideas, from tween slumber party survival tips to outside-the-box party venues, including art museums and bead stores. Denise Witmer, About’s expert on parenting teens, talks about budget-conscious ways to celebrate in “Save a Dollar or Two But Keep the Fun.” Most of us start phasing out birthday parties and goody bags when kids hit the double digits. But turning 18 is a big deal! So here are five cool ideas for 18th birthday celebrations from, well, me.
CAKES, CRAFTS & MORE
What’s a birthday party without cool invites, party crafts and cupcakes? Sherri Osborn, About’s guide to family crafts, offers up instructions for cool, handmade invitations, party favors and more. Party themes? Check out this list of the best birthday party inspirations around, courtesy of Carey Bryson - About’s expert on kids TV and movies.
Need party game and activity ideas? Can we interest you in a quick round of Bubble-icious? Shoebox races? Or Tug of Water? Catherine Holecko, About’s Guide to Family Fitness, has the lowdown on these clever games and more. Homeschooling guide Beverly Hernandez suggests making Treasure Bottles too.
Where would we be without cake? Stephanie Gallagher, the Kids Cooking guide, has the most adorable, decorated birthday cupcakes on her site. Soccer balls, Harry Potter faces, ladybugs – too cute. Want a whole cake? There's a round-up of 10 glorious birthday cakes on the aParently Speaking blog, with contributions from clever bakers across the blogosphere.
And PJ Mullen shares his thoughts on birthdays, generosity and gifts on the Real Men Drive Minivans blog.
Babies aren’t the only people with birthdays, of course. Jennifer Wolf, About’s guide to single parenting, urges single mothers not to forget that they too have birthdays that need celebrating.
Susan Adcox, About.com Guide to Grandparents, talks about a very special nonagenarian and the importance of grandparents' birthdays.
And finally, Elizabeth Kennedy, our favorite kid lit expert, salutes the many authors celebrating their birthdays this month – it’s not all about Dr. Seuss, although a Seuss birthday is certainly one worth celebrating!
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