Soon it will be your child’s birthday, and she will get all the attention. Take some time by yourself or with your partner to congratulate yourself on the amazing job you’ve done this past year. You are the reason your child will go on to succeed in life!
Write a letter to your child that reflects on a few of your favorite moments or a particular challenge you overcame as a family or simply a note saying how much you love her. Seal it in an envelope and put it somewhere safe. Ten or 15 years from now you and your child will cherish this note.
What are some major accomplishments that you have had as a parent or as a family? What are some goals you have for yourself and for your child over the next year? Write them down. Be intentional about what you would like to achieve. Put it down on paper and store your list somewhere you will remember to look.
Your child’s birthday is next week. What are some unique or clever ways you can celebrate his birthday without cake or presents or a party? How about looking through your Parent University album of photos together and reflecting on your growth and accomplishments?
Write a sentence for your child and leave out the high-frequency word for them to fill in. For example, write “I have shoes ____ socks.” Fill in the blank. Repeat with other simple sentences.
Tonight watch a movie with your child. After the movie rate the movie based on a star system. Ask your child to write down at least 3 reasons why they gave it X number of stars and to be sure to support his rating by citing specific examples from the film.
And the academy award goes too… Have fun and ask your child to write an acceptance speech for winning “Best Kid” award. Provide an example to help get them started. Look for videos on YouTube of acceptance speeches, for example.