For me, summers have always meant birthdays. I have such fond memories of big summer backyard birthday parties with timeless themes and elaborate cakes that my mom would spend hours decorating. Now with my own little ones celebrating their birthdays in the summer and fall, these traditions live on. But just like at Christmastime with My Kindness Advent Calendar, it’s become important for me to add one more layer to our birthday celebrations. And no, I don’t mean one more layer of chocolate cake, but a layer of kindness, so my kids can experience balance between giving and receiving on their most special day of the year. Here are some of my favourite ways to incorporate kindness into your kids' birthday celebrations - kindness to charity, to your guests, and to the planet.