Birthday parties ought to be fun, but for many parents, kids birthday parties have evolved into expensive, exhausting, and grump-inducing events. (I'm speaking from experience as a recovering grumped out, giant birthday party hostess!) In Episode 9 of Edit Your Life, Asha and I share 8 tips to help you get past the birthday party “shoulds,” tune into what you and your kids actually enjoy, and keep celebrations focused on the fun, not the stress.
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And here are links to things/people/resources we mentioned during the podcast:
- Minimalist Parenting (in which we talk more about parties and celebrations)
- Minimalist birthday parties (via Boston Mamas)
- 7 ways to simplify birthday parties (via Boston Mamas)
- 5 tchotchke-free party favors (via Boston Mamas)
- Taking the stress out of kids’ birthday parties (part of our stress-less parenting workshop on the Huffington Post)
- How to unspoil your kids -- or keep them from becoming spoiled (via Boston Mamas)
- Rainbow cake (The most fun Christine has ever had with food coloring; a unicorn is involved)
- Cake for a crowd (Christine’s go-to recipe when she needs to make cake for a lot of people)
- More cake happiness (via Christine’s Instagram account)
- Opening presents after the party is over? Capture the moment for the thank you note (Sweet middle ground for kids who can't yet handle the social complexities of opening gift in front of a crowd of friends, via Parent Hacks.)
- Birthday party guidelines for sane parents (Parent Hacks)
- A tip for helping young kids involved in writing thank you notes (Parent Hacks)
- And many more great birthday party tips at Parent Hacks
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