Despite the fact that there’s a pandemic, I’m a firm believer that birthday celebrations still matter. Celebrations also give families a chance to break up the monotony of quarantine life.
The coronavirus is causing unprecedented devastation, and it’s okay to cherish a moment of brightness. Parents are encouraged to manage their own expectations, as well. They’re under enough stress — from economic hardships, jobs that take them out of the house or adjusting to working from home while also home-schooling — and need to give themselves grace. “Be thankful that your child reached this milestone, be thankful that you’re able to be there to reach this milestone with your child” Do something special at home: The best gift you can give a child is your presence, so talk to them about how they want to spend the day. Cook their favorite dishes with them (cake decorating and build-your-own pizzas are always winners) or go camping in the backyard (or the living room depending on the weather).
You can also do some over-the-top decorations while they’re sleeping so they have something special to wake up to (for example, fill the room with balloons). You can also add some structure to the day by creating an at-home scavenger hunt — there are plenty of examples on the internet nowadays.