Photo by Chris Breeze
Written by Steady Mom contributor Kat of Inspired to Action
One really fun and simple tradition our family has adopted recently is celebrating our children's half birthdays.
Here is how we do it and why:
1. It's a surprise.
While my kids know exactly when their birthday is, they never remember their half birthday, so it's always a fun surprise for them when I come out with a half cake after dinner.
2. It's simple.
If I have time, I make a cake and cut it in half. Then I top it with the candle from their last birthday - cut in half. If it's a busy day, I'll just pick up a pastry from the grocery store.
We don't do anything elaborate or fancy. We just eat half a cake and sing half a song.
3. It's goofy.
We all think it's SO fun to abruptly stop in the middle of the birthday song and we inevitably speak in half sentences for the entire time we eat our dessert.
What better family bonding is there than goofiness?
4. It's special.
I love any opportunity to make my children feel special. This is just one more simple way to let our children know how much we value and love them.
5. It's expandable.
If you have the time, it could be really fun to expand the idea.
Have siblings make half cards or challenge them to find the funniest "half" gift they can imagine. Half of a paper cup. Half of an old toy.
We have loved this new tradition in our home and I hope it creates many wonderful memories in your home too.
Kat blogs at Inspired to Action, a site helping moms develop the skills they need to manage their homes and raise children who are prepared to change the world. Kat and her husband Jimmy live in Texas and have 3 children ages 7, 5 and 3. Kat loves music, running, technology, Jesus and Tex-Mex food. Not necessarily in that order.