I know it’s been written about to death at this point- the cost of living is rising, especially in NYC, and our kids are becoming obsessed with all things CONSUMERISM and all I can think is this; are there any silver linings left?! And the answer is Yes… you can check out my post 15 Recession Friendly Birthday Party Ideas with an Eco-Friendly Message and use this opportunity to teach your kids that less is best!
You can incorporate this philosophy into every aspect of your family’s life including ditching those over-the-top birthday parties for ones that won’t break the bank and may just impart some valuable lessons in the process. I know it sounds too good to be true- but it’s not- and it’s up to us parents to make it happen… I for one am planning on hosting one of these for my son’s next birthday party!:
On ideas for a children’s birthday party what about instilling the idea of celebrating another year by focusing on “giving” instead of “getting.” One way to do this is to find group volunteer activities. Here are a few ideas (of course, activities are dependent on time of year, location etc., these are just ideas to get parents thinking):
#1 Visit an organic farm or orchard. See the animals. Pick fruit or vegetables if allowed. Donate what is picked to a food pantry.
My kids and I volunteer!
#2 Animal rescue organization. See the animals, learn a little about them. Talk about what owning an animal entails.
#3 Make cards for children who are ill, for the elderly or anyone you might know who could use a bit of cheering up. Adult can deliver after the party.
#4 See if a tree can be planted in a park to honor the birthday child. Celebrate in the park.
#5 Animal food bank. Have each child bring a can of food, then deliver to the food bank and/or have children help with sorting.
#6 Farmer’s market. Have kids hand out fabric shopping bags.
#7 Help clean up a beach or roadway. Make it a competition to see who can pick up the most trash in say a half hour.
#8 See if the parks department needs help potting seedlings.
#9 Put on a party for children in foster care.
#10 Make teddy bears or blankets for sick children.
#11 Help clear debris from rivers.
#12 Help sort clothing at a clothing bank.
#13 Clean up the home of an elderly person.
#14 Help maintain a trail.
#15 Paint over graffiti
So.. got any ideas to add?