Sunday, January 27, 2019

You Say It's Your Birthday

Several years ago I read a book about the importance of birthdays to children. I would credit that book if I could remember what it was. I think it was a book about middle school kids, but I wouldn't swear to it. I'll probably think of it in the middle of the night and I'll add it to this blog later. For now, let's just say I didn't come up with this research, but I have lived it long enough to believe it's the truth.

A child's birthday is the most important day of the year to him or her. They think about it for weeks. They remind everyone that it's coming. They ask, "How many more days?" every day for a month. Christmas is a close second place to a birthday, but a birthday is special. It's our very own special day. Christmas is a crazy time at school because all the kids are excited at once. Birthdays are easier to manage because it's usually just one child at a time. 

But what about when you have five birthdays in one month? Four of them in the same week? Well, I'll tell you. It's like Christmas in the classroom all over again.

One thing I always remember is that birthdays are truly the most important days to them. They've only been on the planet for a short while and we should make them feel special on those days. Remember how exciting birthdays used to be? Even though birthdays aren't what they once were to me, I still like to be acknowledged on my special day. I get a little upset if my friends or family don't mention my day or they act like it's just another day. I'm 46. Imagine what a child feels like if you don't acknowledge their special day. Or you blow them off when they say it's their birthday.

So when kids get a little excited or a little bit silly on the week of their birthdays, try to remember what it was like to be a kid. Cut them some slack when they are super bouncy. Let them feel special for a day or two! 

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