When My Child Needs a Gift for a Friend’s Birthday

Monday’s Parenting Thought
When your child needs a gift for a friend’s birthday  …
Consider …
  • Having ideas in mind before going shopping. Ask your child to talk about the birthday person. What do they like to do? What toys do they like to play with?
  • If you are buying a gift, have your child chip in some money. It can be as little or as much as is reasonable for the size of your child’s piggy bank. The important thing is that he feels he made a contribution.
  • Don’t just consider what you can buy. Talk to your child about whether there is anything he could make as a gift.
  • Once parties are over, don’t forget the thank you notes. This has become a lost art. Only you as a parent can keep it alive. You will need to insist that your child do it and help him do it. Once it becomes a habit, the child will probably do it for the rest of his life.
Inspired by CLEVER JACK TAKES THE CAKE by Candace Fleming
More about children’s birthdays at Birthday Parties, Part 2