Sharing is Caring | Celebrating Birthday at the Orphanage
Teaching your children the act of sharing at an early age can result to a generous adult when they get older, and nothing can be more fulfilling for parents than to see their children grow like what is mentioned. For fortunate ones, one good way to let your children share their blessings is by sharing it with underprivileged children – like birthdays for a cause or celebrating birthdays at the orphanage.
Very recently, Abby celebrated her pre-3rd birthday celebration at the Orphanage. This is actually her second year of celebrating her birthday with the same orphanage.
Since children at the orphanage seldom experience (or probably none at all) a grand birthday celebration that has full of balloons and fancy birthday cake, we decided to make the celebration as simple as possible. No balloons, just food, simple cake, practical giveaways, and prizes for the games. No gifts for Abby were brought at the orphanage, instead, the gifts we prepared were for the girls at the orphanage.
Abby was dressed modestly too– she just came in her short pants and t-shirt so as not to make the girls at the orphanage notice what they are missing.
Abby enjoyed being surrounded by happy children and adults singing altogether.
While there are other opinions of celebrating birthdays at the orphanage. We always believe that it will always boil down to your intention. With proper care, I believe that any celebration with the girls at the orphanage will make them happy.
Here are some tips to let your child understand the phrase “sharing is caring” while celebrating her birthday at an orphanage:
Let her friends be involved
Abby just turned 3, so she doesn’t have that friend yet to go with us to the Orphanage. We just went there as a family. In fact, there were only 8 of us who visited the place for the celebration. Besides she will be having another celebration at home where friends and her cousins will be attending.
However, if your child has some friends, it would be best to bring some of them there. If your child will be the only young ones in your group, she might feel awkward seeing children that have different life situation than hers. Your young ones are not that open minded yet so you can’t be so sure that she will fully understand the situation of underprivileged children. So, letting their friends be with them on this one-of-a-kind fun activity will make them feel more comfortable and at ease. Ask the parents of your child’s friends to cooperate and spare their extra time as well. That instead of going to a birthday bash that you will be organizing, why not come together with you in the orphanage? Not only you will instill good values in your child, but you can also be sure that his friends will learn this value of sharing as well. Anyway, the more the merrier, right?
Encourage your child to give gifts instead of receiving one
Being a good parent that you are, for sure, you are giving your precious child all the things she needed and wanted. Explain to your child how lucky they are having everything; so in return, let other children be happy as well by giving them gifts that they will truly appreciate. Old toys and clothes that are still in good condition can also be given to them, so encourage your child to share her blessings.
In the case of Abby, we brought some practical gifts which the kids can use every day and some extra food like more biscuits and drinks which they can consume or bring in school for the next few days.
Let your child understand that happiness can also come from non-material things
Breaking the cycle of having grand birthday party can be really challenging that is why a careful explanation of your child why would you want to this is very important. Let your child know how helping someone can be really fulfilling and that ending the day with smiles in your hearts is more important than ending the day with material things at hands.
Let’s take this opportunity to teach our children to stop focusing on themselves and start learning the value of sharing. Helping underprivileged children will make your children realized how blessed they are; thus they should be grateful and contented.