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Childlife.ca e-news #6: Time Well Spent

TIME WELL-SPENT

I don’t know about you, but I find this new “WOW” Factor mentality is causing me to worry a lot more about getting the ‘PERFECT PRESENT’ for all those on my Christmas list when all I really want is a chance to spend some time with them…

It has been said. “The most powerful gift you can give a child is your PRESENCE – not Presents!

Some of my most memorable times I had with my parents and siblings – ones we still talk about – were ones where we did things together.

Today, “Time” is a commodity. However, we do have the power and influence on how we choose to spend it. We can run around shopping for the “perfect” gift that will be forgotten in a day or we can choose to spend more time with our children and choose to be present in the moment – enjoying the fun and time with family…

Make this Christmas and Holiday Season memorable!

5 TIME-WELL-SPENT IDEAS:

  1. Dig out some old pictures of when you were little and let the stories begin…
    Children love to hear what it was like when you were little: all the things you did; what were your favourite things to do; and what “Grandma or Grandpa” used to do and be like…
  2. Make “home-made” gifts and decorations – I love all the ones I still have…
  3. Enjoy a book – as a family and individually with your child. Start a new tradition by reading an old favourite snuggled up on the couch with some hot chocolate…
  4. Bake a favourite recipe together and don’t forget to let them lick the spoon & bowl!
  5. Get bundled up just after dark and go for a walk or car ride to enjoy the lights in the neighbourhood = FREE ENTERTAINMENT

Enjoy your time-together…

Wishing you JOY + PEACE

Mary