Practice Kindness and Start A DIY Kid’s Birthday Movement

There is a beautiful quote written by children author, L. R. Knost “It’s not our place to toughen our children to face a cruel and heartless world. It’s our job to raise children who will make the world a little less cruel and heartless.”

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How do we make our children become champions of a kinder and happier world? How do we raise our children to make better choices and decisions in life? How do you show empathy and care in society when everyone else is not doing the same? The question we need to ask ourselves first is not the how-tos, but the whys? Why should we care? Why even bothered? Why should we empathised with others when we can’t look after our own?

Why? Because if we don’t care, we will raise our children to live in a world of fear, selfishness, greed and hate. We will give our children a world of no Love, no Compassion, no Kindness and no Light. And, it would be a dreary and dark place to live, for all of us.

If the change is to happen, it has to start from home.

If our whys are compelling, it will move us to take action. If we want a better future and world for our children, we will be compelled to teach our children these valuable lessons for life and show them there is always a better way, a better choice and a happier life.

We can start by practising kindness with our kids and with others. We can choose to make a difference.

Here are 3 ways we can practice kindness in DIY Birthdays:

#1 Encouraged parents to donate to a charity chosen by your kid for his / her birthday, instead of giving presents to your kid. Write it in the invitation to highlight that you wish for nothing as a present, but hope that the parents can provide as little as $5 to a chosen charity by your kid to make his / her birthday a special day.

# 2 Have your kid invite any kids in his or her class who doesn’t get invited to many birthday parties. Explain to him or her the importance of showing kindness and accepting others from all walks of life and seeing who they are; as it is an enriching and humbling experience.

# 3 Start the kindness movement by organising a DIY Birthday Party with a difference such as a host a quick 20 – 30-minute beach clean-up event on an exclusive beach birthday picnic; and invite parents and their kids to get involved too.

Think of interesting DIY Birthdays that can give back to the community. Through these activities, your kids will develop a high level of emotional intelligence and exhibit an extraordinary ability for compassion and love.

So, start the kindness movement today and raise our kids to be the ones that make the world a little less cruel and heartless.

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How to develop 3 valuable life skills in kids through the makings of his/her own DIY Birthday party.

DIY birthdays can be excellent opportunities to instil good values and develop life skills in kids and here are three essential skills to share:-

No.1 Visualisation Skills

Sit with your kid to make up a plan of what he/she would like to create for their birthday. Ask to visualise the birthday and how it will feel and look. Use visuals and get your kid to formulate the idea for their birthday.

Let them decide what they want it to be, and tell them it is essential to have a clear and realistic picture of their birthday.

Create an idea board with your kid by pasting all the visuals that will make up the story of their birthday.

Start with a theme of the birthday, the colours, the food and drinks, the decorations. Use Pinterest to source for your images and create a board of ideas with your kid. Cut and paste to create a living mood board with your kid. Make it as hands-on as possible.

This visualisation technique helps your kid to develop a vision of his/her desired goal. A full sensory visualisation skill is a powerful tool to help your kid in adulthood realise their potential in life.

No. 2 Writing Skills

Have your child write his/her own invitation cards to her friends and favourite characters. You can use printable templates for them to fill in the blanks.

For more resources on invitation cards, Mummy’s Secret Helper has created a Pinterest Board for invitation templates and resources here:

Also, it is good to have them write thank-you cards as well, to thank their friends, relatives and favourite characters who had attended their birthday party.

Get your kid excited about writing invitation cards by including an invitation to a fictional character that your kid will love to have at his/her birthday party. A fictional character invitation is possible only if you are inviting an entertainer or have someone dressed in the character to come along on the day. Or, even have your kid write a grand sounding letter to request his/her favourite teddy bear or toy to attend his/her birthday.

Create an association that writing is fun and it is a magical instrument. By allowing them to invite real people and fictional ones, it is a way to get your kid to feel exciting about writing and develop a love for writing.

In response to the invites to fictional characters, do remember to prepare a reply from the fictional characters for your kid, i.e. accepting and thanking them for the invitation; and follow up with a plan of the ‘arrival’, i.e. set up their favourite toy at the birthday party (for younger kids).

No. 3 Creative Skills

Develop creativity in kids by coming up with creative DIY Birthday projects. Some examples are:-

  • Themed treat bags to giveaway to friends and family coming to the birthday party
  • DIY Art & Crafts toys
  • Creativity through Baking the Birthday Cake

Instil creativity and ownership in kids by teaching them how to bake and work with them towards achieving the goal. The video below is a helpful guide in working with your kid to bake his/her own birthday cake.

With all three skills covered, the most important thing to remember is. . .

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Have fun when you work together with your kids to develop these life skills. Fun and laughter is the essence of learning and the key to many happy childhood moments. It is also essential too to create awesome DIY Birthdays.