Of course, every birthday is an important life event and birthdays are always fun. You are a year older and you get to celebrate with friends and family. However, there are certain notable milestone birthdays that hold a special meaning in our lives. As a parent, these are the birthdays you will look at with joy, pride but also some nostalgia.
The Rearview Mirror: 5 Important Birthdays
Of course, every birthday is an important life event and birthdays are always fun. You are a year older and you get to celebrate with friends and family. However, there are certain notable milestone birthdays that hold a special meaning in our lives. As a parent, these are the birthdays you will look at with joy, pride but also some nostalgia. They bring back the sweet memories that you have shared together with your kid as they wade through life and the sands of time. So which are these birthdays?
From now on, you will be dealing with a headstrong teenager who will be impatient to be an adult. Thirteen-year-olds are often called the “backstage adults” as this is the age of discovery. Throw a big party to celebrate the end of the “Age of Innocence” when your child entrusted you with every little secret.
The Sixteenth Birthday
There is a good reason why it is called “sweet sixteen”. For most teenagers, sixteen is a partial induction into the adult world. Bring on a special birthday present that they will appreciate. Impress your daughter with a special gown or your son with that skateboard he has been eyeing. Spend time to come up with a creative present for your young adult. Sixteen is especially a momentous occasion for your teenager so don’t take it lightly. They take it very seriously themselves, so enjoy the moment with them and savor it for years to come.
At eighteen, your child has finally entered adulthood. From here onwards, they can now make their own decisions and do whatever they like and you can only be a moderating influence. They can vote, live on their own and soon enough, they might be headed to college and away from you for an extended period of time. Symbolically, you can now hand over the house keys and throw a wonderful themed birthday party to celebrate this important milestone.
Age 21 bestows more privileged on your child, by allowing them the right to drink alcoholic beverages. They will also soon be graduating and settling into their careers. This is the age to celebrate these life’s milestones. If you can, don’t forget to throw a birthday party for their 21st birthday.
When your kid hits 30, you are already reminiscing at how fast time has passed. At this age, they are not “kids” anymore. You are operating at the same level. Probably, your once young child has settled down and you are already a doting grandma or grandpa. You might not even be around when they celebrate their birthdays but you might send some thoughtful gifts throw an extravaganza with friends and family.
What other birthdays for your kids do you consider special? Of course, the parties don’t stop when they hit 30. Continue to throw parties to celebrate your child and thank life for its graces as you look in the rearview mirror on a life well-lived!