The Most Valuable Gift You Can Give Your Child
As we approach Christmas, a lot of children will be waiting and wondering what Santa will be bringing them this year, eagerly anticipating their festive gifts.
Similarly, many parents will be preparing their Christmas shopping list in a way that’s much like this list; comparing the best deals on products, as it can be an expensive time of year, particularly if you have a big family.
However, it’s important to recognize that often the greatest gift you can give your child is not necessarily something you can buy. Often, we forget this, as our consumer-focused society we live in makes us feel inadequate as parents unless we provide all the latest and coolest toys, yet in reality, the one thing every child truly craves from their parent is time, love, and appreciation.
Simply making more time for your child and engaging in fun activities that make them feel loved, valued, and appreciated can be the best gift you can offer–particularly throughout the holidays.
Let’s look at three fun ideas to engage and indulge your child’s need for attention.
1. MOVIE NIGHT
Many families spend time watching TV, or cuddling up on the sofa while watching a movie, but today we often have one eye on the movie and another eye on our mobile device. We are so overstimulated and disconnected that it can be hard to relax into a film and cuddle up with a family favorite movie. There’s something to be said for enjoying the art of doing nothing.
If you want an enhanced experience, cook up some cozy snacks and build a blanket fortress to watch the movie from.
2. STAR GAZE
Winter is cold, and not the best time to lie in the lawn looking up at the stars, but in winter the sky is much darker, meaning the stars are more visible. Take a little adventure into your backyard with a few cozy sleeping bags, look up at the stars, tell stories, and share your hopes and dreams with each other.
It can be a really nice way to connect; particularly if you do it with a cup of hot cocoa. And maybe some marshmallows. And maybe a fire! Or smores! Sounds fun, huh?
3. GO ON A TRIP
There’s nothing better than spending time together as a family by taking a vacation and enjoying a change of scenery. This is particularly true when travelling abroad to a different culture, but even if your chosen location is just a few hours away, somewhere new and different offers a sense of variety and helps to mix up your normal routine. It’s a great way to rejuvenate “family time” and make new memories.
Don’t forget to take the time this winter to give your child the most valuable gift you can offer–your attention and engagement. It’s all too easy with our busy lives to overlook the importance of spending quality time together as a family.
Start with a brainstorming session and decide what your winter family activity will be! Have some other suggestions? Share them in the comments below!
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