As we get nearer to Christmas and parents start frantically shopping or ordering online (after all, Amazon has TWO DAY shipping!), it is comforting to be reminded that some of the greatest gifts are those given freely and authentically-everyone has a gift to share.
Your kids don’t really care what they find under the tree come Christmas morning. They won’t remember the multitudes of gifts they even requested! No, they’ll remember YOU and the TIME.
How was it special? How did you all FEEL?
They’ll remember that you tried. That you worked to make the holidays happy. That they made their best friend a one-of-a-kind piece of art. They’ll remember the meal around the table and the family not often seen.
Presents are cool! They ARE! It is a way to say, “hey, I listened to you and want you to enjoy the surprises in life!” But presents don’t have to be only physical gifts. No. The way to raise kids who are generous themselves is to help them develop their inherent gifts by demonstrating how.
Everyone has a gift to share. Arguably, the most important gifts are those that show gratitude and appreciation, that inspire people. Our friendship and time allow for us to help others and lift them.
Have your child show their gratitude for their friends and siblings by giving them the freedom to make or purchase a gift of their own choosing. Inspire your child to help others by volunteering your time at a local event, shelter or drive, even if it’s just an hour. Cultivate healthy friendships and encourage them in your children’s life by being not only the parent, but a friend too. And lastly, give your children the gift of your precious time. In a hectic world, it is hard to make time. It is hard to be present and not give presents! When you give your child your time, your well-thought physical gifts are all the more special. You’re giving them the best memories and the best holiday. You’re giving them the knowledge that we all have something to give to our fellow humans, no matter our financial status. But most importantly, you are giving them the real, unfiltered YOU.
What do you feel are your best gifts you share with the world? Share in the comments!