Birthday Celebrations at School: Songs, Treats, Other?
It was my son's birthday celebration at school the other day, and - when I handed the teacher four 8-by-10 photos to represent each year of his life along with a few sentences about his personality at those ages - I sheepishly said, "I didn't bring a treat or anything."
She said, "That's ok."
My son has told me that they sometimes have ice cream at school to celebrate a birthday. Or perhaps they have cupcakes but he cannot have one "because I'm allergic". When one mama wrote:
My children's school got around this whole issue by making birthdays party- and treat-free (much to many parents' relief). Instead, the birthday child can choose to have a "birthday book" celebration. He or she brings a book from home to share with the class. After the book is read, the child can either take the book home or donate it to the classroom library. My older son has always chosen to skip the celebration. I'm curious what my younger son will choose.
With our older children, I have probably sent some kind of "treat" about half of the time. For one of my daughters, it was often grapes or clementine oranges, as these were her favorite fruits. Sometimes I would do mini corn muffins or dried cranberries. Mostly, though, it was a stressor for us and I wondered if we really needed to go through the exercise. I wouldn't mind a treat-free policy for birthday celebration at schools, I'll be honest. I would rather prepare some photos to share with the class and I have previously come into my child's class on the birthday itself to share 10 or 15 minutes of stories and photos of my little celebrant. It makes them feel like royalty!
How do you feel about birthday celebrations at school? What are your favorite ways to celebrate?