What Are The Best Gifts
LINE BRUNET: Recently, I've noticed, there's more traffic on the roads and I seem to find myself standing in more and more lineups. It must be that time of the year when many parents are out tearing apart shopping malls to find the perfect gift for their children.
Do you feel compelled to max out your credit card to buy that latest techno gizmo or 'I have to have it' power toy that 'experts' say will enhance your child's IQ through hand-eye coordination? Well, if you can afford it, why not? Or should you?
Have you ever noticed that all those toys are just fads that are soon replaced with newer and cooler toys with a billion more moving parts? In addition to a few of those super-cool toys, why not give them something that lasts more than one season?
The power of touch - It has been proven that newborns thrive more and gain weight when they are constantly touched. Ever notice how much children like it when they cuddle with you? My 9 year-old son still looks forward to cuddle time, so age and gender make no difference. Kids respond whether the touch comes from mom or dad. A hug, a kiss or even a slight rub on their hand nurtures the feeling of being loved. Touch tells your son or daughter that you're within reach and provides a sense of security.
The power of positives - Children soak up praise and encouragement like a flower in the dessert. As much as you can, be a positive influence in their life. Be sure to point what they do well and have a natural ability for as well as reminding them that they can be anything they want to be. Show up for them and be their loudest cheerleader. They may not always win, but being there will make a difference in their performance.
The power of an apology - Even though we are the adults in this relationship and we think we know everything, sometimes we don't. Always be humble enough to say "I'm sorry" when you're short with them or make a mistake. Remember, your kids look up to you and will imitate what you do. Your sincere humility will remain in their minds and they'll act the same way too.
The power of laughter - Ever notice how people smile when they hear a child laugh? You know that they're happy and are enjoying what they're doing because children laugh with pure joy. Their enthusiasm and laughter is contagious! If you could see the world through your child's eyes, you'd have a better view. We know the power and healing of laughter so make them laugh often. It really doesn't even take much - a tickling session, a game of tag or even a classic cartoon will do wonders for you and your child.
Long after that super cool toy loses its appeal, these four gifts will last forever and will become fond memories for them as adults. They are gifts that keep on giving as your children pass them on to their own children.
This holiday season, may you and your family be blessed.
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Line Brunet has had a life-long fascination with human behaviour, potential and transformation and because of her own personal challenges and continuous personal and professional growth, helping others do the same has become her passion.
Line's experiences of growing up in a stepfamily, working in family law for 12 years, becoming a single mom and now living successfully within a stepfamily, have inspired her to become a strong advocate for the well-being of children and their families. She is dedicated to helping them thrive rather than just survive through her weekly radio show 'Family Focus' by providing support and education.
Line is a Life and Family Coach, Workshop Facilitator, Speaker and Radio Host. You can visit Line's website at Horizons Life Coaching and listen to her show at Family Focus Coach