By Tracey Clayton
All kids enjoy and love parties. Parties are a great way to celebrate milestones and have fun in the company of others. It is no coincidence then, that parties have deeper and more profound meaning on child development. Parties celebrating significant achievements, especially birthdays, is even greater as they provide confirmation of love and reward accomplishments, both big and small. They help children acquire skills, reassures them and boosts their self-confidence. Ultimately, it builds up their character, and helps them to become better, kinder and more caring individuals. And with so much emotional energy parties create memories for life
A Sense of Affection
Today’s fast-paced and stressful lifestyle makes us sometime forget what truly matters in life. When a child’s birthday comes up, it gives us a great opportunity to create a special event to show how much we love them. This important date on any child’s calendar has to be important to parents as well. In creating magical moments you will create amazing memories and give meaning to the words “I love you”.
A Sense of Reward
Parties are a great way to positively acknowledge and reward all milestones in a child’s life. Through a tangible way, it sends a message to a child that they are doing a great job and gives reassurance. It also motivates children to aim for higher goals, so they can get rewarded. And because children have high regards of their parents, when you arrange a party in their honor you let them know that they have received respect and affection from your side as well.
Birthday parties and similar parties dedicated to kids, help boost their self-confidence. During that event they are the center of attention for all. It reassures them that they have a hold a place in a greater social structure than the family and gives importance to them as an individuals in a higher social order.
Acquiring Social Skills
Parties help children to socialize and obtain common denominators of social behavior. By welcoming guest and thanking them for attending the party kids learn to be polite. They discover how to communicate during social gatherings. Also, they learn the importance being fair, by attending to all guests equally. In turn, this teaches them the value kindness holds in society. Moreover, this teaches how to present themselves to the world and how to act when they are in the spotlight, without being obnoxious and offensive to others.
Gaining Organizational Skills
Organizing parties is another thing where children develop cognitive skills. They learn the abstract notion of anticipating the needs of their guests in order to provide them with pleasant experience. Also, they obtain organizational skills and problem-skills when preparing the actual party. And in letting kids plan their birthday parties together with parents they learn the benefits of good collaboration.
Picking up Character Traits
Birthday parties also provide a great way for children to acquire certain character traits essential for later life. They learn to be grateful and thankful when they in receiving gifts. A child can learn the importance of gratitude even when not thanking a person face to face by sending out thank you cards after the party has ended. Kids also learn how to indulge in special moments. All their loved ones, friends, cake and gifts allows them to value and savor special occasions, so that they will do the same for others in the future.
Dress-up is an exciting and amusing way for kids to have fun, and acquire some skills in the process. By dressing up they take on the roll of the character they are portraying. This sparks their imagination and develops their creativity. Also, it helps in children socializing and associate with the characters traits. A superhero party might be a great way to instill the values of selflessness and helping others. On the other hand, cartoon-themed party where children reenact scenes from their favorite cartoons provides a chance for them to comprehend and absorb the positive messages behind every great cartoon flick.
In the end, it is important to remember that neither the grandeur or the money spent is what matters, especially not to kids. What makes a great party great are all the friends and family showing affection and the fun time everyone has. They spark meaningful emotional memories is which leave their mark, and remain with children throughout their lives
Tracey Clayton is a full time mom of three girls. She loves cooking, baking, sewing, spending quality time with her daughters and she’s passionate for writing. She is contributor on High Style Life and her motto is: “Live the life you love, love the life you live.” Find her on Facebook.