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Gifts for Your Children
Consider giving "gifts of encouragement"
or gifts that come from the "inside out". Advertising pressures make
us feel like we have no control over the trends in toy land. Highly
promoted toys often have no connection to who our children are or where
their true interests lie. These toys are pushed on them from the
"outside"....and our children easily get caught up in the hype. Sometimes
we forget that we do have the power and even the responsibility to make
thoughtful choices about what we want for our children. We can look
inside our children and offer them gifts that reflect their unique qualities.
This involves taking the time to really get to know our children and have
a deep sense of where their interests and talents lie. This also involves
reflecting on our own values and what kind of activities we want to promote
for our children. Here are some suggestions (just to get you thinking!)
of alternative gifts that encourage a sense of belonging and worth
in the world, that respect and reflect the unique qualities of your child,
and that promote responsibility.
that reflect a sense of your child's unique capabilities:
musical instruments (recorders,
penny whistles, harmonica, percussion...) lessons, tools, crafts
supplies, personalized stationary, journal, sports equipment, costumes.
that encourage responsibility, influence and participation in the world:
membership in an altruistic club
(like the "Y"), adopt a foster child, adopt an acre of rain forest, plant-a-tree
kit, open a bank account in your child's name, membership with the SPCA,
a magazine subscription.
that foster a sense of belonging and place within the family:
a special family heirloom, tickets
to a family event, a personal photo album or scrap book, season passes
(museum, pool, sports event...) homemade or second hand things, board games.
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