Looking for the perfect gift? Here’s one that will last a lifetime! And here’s how I know. I was talking to a friend who told me she loved going home for her birthday..her eyes were big and bright, a huge smile filled her face, and she became quite animated. I agreed that it is always fun to be with your family on your birthday.
But she went on to explain that the best thing about her birthday is when her dad tells The Story of the Day She was Born! She said, “That’s always been my favorite thing about my birthday, and it still is!” She said, “Just before we sing Happy Birthday, my dad tells about the day I was born as if it was truly an AMAZING EVENT! This young lady has been enjoying her story for about 60 years!
I know that as a parent, I’ve spent a considerable amount of time searching for the perfect birthday gifts for my kids, especially, when they were younger. The idea was always to make the day special. But, in all honesty, there were very few gifts that were so special that they actually remembered what they received from year to year. It’s not that they were ungrateful children, they were always happy at their birthday parties. But, life teaches us that very few material things have significant meaning that can stand the test of time, and surely not a lifetime…sometimes we parents forget that, being blinded by the latest-greatest fad that we think our kids really want, or need. Deep down we know the thrill will probably be short-lived, but we have conditioned ourselves to be okay with that.
I had to share this story because it demonstrates how simple things can build self-esteem in children, and it’s never too late to start an awesome tradition like this one. Even if your kids are older like mine, they still love to hear the stories of their baby days. I can imagine my middle son, soon turning 27, grinning ear to ear, listening to ‘His Story’ just like he did when he was a little boy listening to his favorite tales about the Ninja Turtles and other wild beasts!
The birth of the precious prince George has been a fascination around the world. But, the joy of his birth is no different to his parents than any other parents who are eagerly anticipating the birth of their own little prince or princess.
I think equipping your child with the words of their special birth-day is the gift that will last and last. Children are never too old to hear about how much excitement and joy their birth created for their parents.
Parents, we’re working too hard looking for stuff, to go into those pretty packages! Don’t you think?