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The Importance of Birthday Celebrations (… at Least, My Opinion of Them)

 By Fredrica Syren:

The parents in my daughter’s class have decided that, instead of having multiple birthday parties to attend, all kids withbirthday candle birthdays during the same month will celebrate together and have one big birthday party. When I heard this, I immediately thought, “Ok, so … yes … I get it: the parents are tired of going to all these parties.” When I voiced this, their answer was no: it’s the kids who get overwhelmed with all these parties.

I know it’s been a long time since I was a 6-year-old going to birthday parties, but I do remember how much fun they Bella jump on beachwere. I remember how special it was to have a day just for yourself, with all your friends at your home to celebrate you.

I firmly believe this new plan is to benefit the parents, NOT the kids; and I think we take something special away from them by doing this. One dad, who was not a supporter of this new plan, said, “It’s like forcing me to celebrate my birthday with everyone else’s birthday at work: I just would not like it.”

Birthdays are special, especially when you are a kid. I believe in celebrating my kid’s special day for both them and me, actually. I like remembering what happened and how this little beautiful being come into the world on this day. It’s also for my daughter, for her to know how special she is. I want her to have one day when she can hang out with her friends, eat what she decides to eat, and play what she wants to play. She should know that everyone is here to celebrate the special little girl she is and that she has grown one more year older.

Happy Birthday, my beautiful baby girl! I loved the thought of you before you came into the this world. I fell in love with you the day we looked into each other’s eyes for the first time, and I will love you always and forever ….  Thanks for choosing me to be your mom.

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Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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2 comments

  1. I love this piece! I had never thought of it this way before… I have been allowed to celebrate my children’s bdays on their bdays all the way through school so far. So, I haven’t had to wrestle with this delicate issue. I do agree that we are doing this for the parents and teacher more than for the kids. Thanks for making me think…

  2. Hi Julie,
    Thank you so much for your comment. I never thought about it until this “new way” came up. My mother in-law has the same birthday as me and always make sure we don’t have share the day and now I understand. It’s the one day of the year it’s “our”day.

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