There are so many ways to celebrate our children. We sometimes forget that protecting them is not our only responsibility. Kids are in the molding stages of life. What happens to them while children will carry through adulthood and that is why we should take every opportunity to celebrate them.
I’m not talking about spoiling them rotten and giving them everything they ask for but rather complimenting them on the little everyday things. I remember when I was in high school there was a gentleman in my homeroom class that was so stressed out because he got a B in one of his classes and stated that his parents were going to be very upset because he didn’t get straight A’s. He was shaken and murmuring; “I don’t know how I’m going to show them my report card”. That was upsetting to me because my mother wasn’t like that rather she had nothing but love for us no matter what. We didn’t feel the pressure to do what she wanted but rather she wanted us to be happy. I never did realize that until I was older and had my own children.
Therefore I feel we need to celebrate things. I for one always celebrated my kids by taking them out for a bite. If you got good grades, passed your driver’s test, got accepted to a group, you name it we celebrated by going out to eat. Nowadays I see that lots of parents are doing these mini photo celebrations and I think it’s awesome because it makes that child feel important for even one hour and it’s a lot healthier.
In the end, it’s all about positive reinforcement and allowing them to feel like a king or queen for a bit. With so many negative things happening in this world I think it’s important to figure out how you celebrate your child and if you don’t have a plan you should start drawing one up now. It could be as simple as going to the movies, skating, out to eat or pricier depending on what you are celebrating like going on a trip. It truly depends on your budget and again what you are celebrating. For example, I have two children graduating in the same year 2021, one from high school and the other from college and we have decided as a family that we will be traveling together on a cruise to honor and celebrate both graduations versus having a party. It’s memories like this that are important to our children and that will nourish their mind and soul. Celebrate your children they are the future!
Rosa Julia Parra