Make your next family birthday a celebration in giving! Everyone loves the opportunity to celebrate birthdays, but somehow, children's birthday parties feel so full of consumerism that both guests and birthday kids walk away with extreme cases of the "gimmes." These parties give kids, and their friends, the pride and satisfaction of making a difference, as well as a unique and exciting way to spend time together. Start the conversation early, and inspire your child to think creatively about hosting a party that makes a difference.

Talk to your child:

● What issue or cause inspires you enough to share your birthday with it?

● What might feel hard about having a birthday party that gives back?

Book to share: 12 Fun, Creative Birthday Parties That Give Back by Rachel Chrastil and Jenny Friedman, will make it easy to get started.