Teaching moments are happening all the time in the life of a child. Every experience they have helps to shape them into who they will become as an adult. They absorb all information as they take in the world around them. We have an opportunity to show children an idea for parties that can be a little different.
It takes a courageous child to be interested in using a time generally associated with getting and make it about giving. It also takes an amazing parent to have a discussion on contributing to your community with their kid. Party With a Purpose is a great way to help show children how they can give back and let them see how good it feels to be a part of doing something good.
Birthday parties are the most common kind of party kids will have, but you can do this with holiday parties as well. This is not about turning the whole theme of the party into giving back (you can still get a Frozen cake or Ninja Turtles invites). It is about turning the gift giving ritual into a giving experience to remember.
This is a beautiful teaching moment for you and your child to discuss why giving back is important in your family. See how one mom and three-year-old gave their party a purpose with his birthday party in this article.
Instead of guests bringing gifts, the host would request them to bring the money you may have used for a gift in order to provide a donation instead. This money will be donated to Valley of the Sun United Way to break the cycle of poverty in Maricopa County. Help your child learn the world of giving with their next party.