Today’s Gift Idea:
Here is today’s gift idea tip inspired by our featured picture book, NURSE CLEMENTINE. Read the book to a child in your life each day as a reminder of what you are deciding and practicing that day.
November 8, 2013:
Gift Idea: Consider your child’s holiday list.
Answer these questions.
- Will the things on the list help my child grow and develop based on his age and abilities?
- Are they too old for him?
- Too young for him?
- Do they encourage too much screen time?
- Do they encourage enough physical activity?
- Enough creativity?
- Enough play with others?
- Does he take care of his things?
- Have I added additional things to the list?
- Do the things on the list require so much of my money or time and effort to purchase them that other family needs or other people in the family are losing out?
If so, can I get what is needed for less money or effort?
Can I get less and still give enough?
- Are the things on the list about what my child needs or have I added things that I want him to have for my own reasons (for example, to make him popular or occupied when I am busy)?
- Are the things on the list harmful to others (for example, could they hurt another child or are they harmful to the environment)?
Use your answers to these questions to help you know whether your child’s list is too much and if so, what you want to do to correct that.
(Thanks to Jean Illsley Clarke for connecting these types of questions with knowing what is enough.)
Come back each day for another good gift idea for this holiday season. (Each day’s idea will also be posted on Daily Parenting Tips page for easy access.) Read the whole story at THAT SPECIAL GIFT, PART 1.