Oh how I remember fondly the days of Thomas the Tank Engine and Bob the Builder, when a ‘digger party’ with a pile of bark to dig in was all it took to create a magical and memorable party for our son and his wee friends. But as our son has grown and changed, so too must our celebrations. As your son grows, it’s just as important (perhaps more so) to take time to think and talk to them about what kind of celebration they would enjoy and what would best reflect the young man they are becoming. It’s a great opportunity to check in and see how well you know your son and what is important in his world plus it can be a fun project to work on together.
Another change you might notice is the need for action, adventure, and more action and adventure. As boys grow older the need to let off steam, run around and be active increases. Assemble a group of seven, eight and nine year old boys (and girls) together and this need for action moves from ‘important’ to ‘critical’. Whether you have your party at home or somewhere else, it’s important that they have the opportunity to be physical and possibly even the opportunity to engage in some rough and tumble or an element of adventure.
As your boys grow older, it’s also a great idea to encourage them to think about significant people who they would like to share the celebration with as well as their friends. We encouraged our son to invite any adults who he looks up to and Ari choose my 30-year-old cousin, Shem, who he really admires. Ari was absolutely over the moon when he found out Shem was going to come and be part of the festivities. It really made his night having such a ‘cool’ adult at his party celebrating with him. So think outside the square when it comes to the guest list and see who your son truly would love to be there. Most of all enjoy engaging with your son and enjoy creating wonderful family memories that he can draw on as he approaches the pre-teen and teen years.