As young mothers and fathers – young in the sense that this is your first, and perhaps, only child – you know that you are going to have your hands full. You know this from experience, or still expecting, you know this through word of mouth. You may have already heard about all the hair raising goings on from close friends, relatives or work colleagues when they regale you on their versions of tot time.
Which part of tiny tot did you not get? For parents to be going through the throes of raising a toddler, they do need to be at their most patient and pretty fit too. There’s going to be lots of questions, and of course, small kids at this age have bucket loads of energy. Talk about being available 24 / 7. And bedtime, what’s that? Work hours may still be nine to five for you, but for little toddlers, playtime is endless.
Until of course, they too pass out from exhaustion. Speaking of playtimes, putting together creative games without the need for toys (and other kids breaking them) will be among the resourceful and budget-friendly party ideas you can consider for making your young child’s birthday party the memorable event it needs to be. You need to spend some time on this project if you’re going to avoid having to hire a party guy or girl who could actually turn out to be a party pooper.
It does not help matters wasting money on some strange (grownup) kid who doesn’t know your kid intimately and what seems to interest him or her the most. Here’s another face-saving, and money saving tip for you then. If you’re already on the organic living and healthy eating path, then maybe half your work (and planning) is already done. As for the other parents, this may be news to you. It may surprise you to learn that putting together healthy snacks is going to be a lot cheaper than splashing out on the proverbial sweet treats.
Fair enough, these kids also like to believe they’re cleverer than you. They could smell carrot sticks and cocktail tomatoes a mile off. Or not. But you could blow them away with smoothies disguised as soft serves, chocolate or strawberry flavored, it matters not. And instead of fizzy pops, blow the kids away with almond flavored milkshakes. And instead of buying the kids pricy party gifts, how about making your own?
If this smells like too much hard work for you then, oh well. Now, this next party trick is quite important if you’re intent on being wholly organic. You need to get rid of the notion of the traditional party balloon. It turns out that it’s one of the worst polluters out there. And never mind that this tradition is usually reserved for the Easter parade, who says you can’t have an (organic) Easter egg hunting game in the garden as part of the birthday festivities?