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Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

Top 10 Ways to Party With Your Child


1. Throw a birthday party for them every year: children love to be celebrated.

2. If a party seems daunting you can follow the age rule of thumb: one guest per year of the child’s life.

3. Combine sleepovers with formal adult dinners: the children will love having lots of friends to play with and adults can relax and share the childcare.

4. At music festivals a useful gauge of volume is as long as you can hear yourself speak in a normal voice the music is probably not too loud for your child’s ears.

5. Buy ear defenders for use at music festivals and other noisy gatherings.

6. Try to have two adults per child going to any sort of fair or festival if possible.

7. Bring children to functions in the early evening occasionally: children benefit from exposure to things at different times and places. Make sure that they are well fed and be prepared to leave before they get overtired.

8. Sit in the back, near the door at the end of a row—handy in case you need to make a sharp exit. Children may also find it less overwhelming than being right at the front and close to the stage.

9. Take your children to watch other children perform: they find it inspiring.

10. Make the effort to go out even when you are tired. The change of scene can provide you with renewed energy and leave you and your child with lots of things to talk and get excited about.

© 2011 – 2013, JC Niala. All rights reserved.

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JC Niala is a mother, writer and creative who enjoys exploring the differences that thankfully still exist between various cultures around the world. She was born in Kenya and grew up in Kenya, Cote d'Ivoire and the UK. She has worked and lived on three continents and has visited at least one new country every year since she was 12 years old. Her favorite travel companions are her mother and daughter whose stories and interest in others bring her to engage with the world in ways she would have never imagined. She is the author of Beyond Motherhood: A guide to being a great working mother while living your dream.

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