Today is a very special day in my family… a birthday! In honor of this special day, I thought I would talk a little about birthdays for foster children, and the experiences that we’ve had in our house.
I think that all children should feel special on their birthdays, which is why our family has always celebrated each child with special birthday traditions. Growing up, the birthday child in our house always got to pick a special meal for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (my favorite birthday breakfast would definitely be chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream with M&Ms on top!), and the birthday child is awakened to everyone singing to them in the morning. Even as my brother and I are getting older and don’t really get many presents anymore, we always walk out to gifts in the living room. So maybe we’re too old for toys now; in a family as big as ours, everyone always likes to make a birthday card or pick up a little something special at the store. The gifts can be silly, like a whistle and an alien slingshot for a teenage boy, but the fact that the little kids get to pick out their own special presents is fun in itself.
Remember that not everyone gets to feel like a prince or princess on their birthday. Acknowledge when you’re fortunate enough to have family and friends who make you feel special, and try to do a little something to make others feel special, not just on their birthdays, but everyday.
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