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Childlife.ca e-news#16: The BEST Present ...

Greetings!

Many of you who have taken our workshops, on-site consultations and/or our Parent Strategies Sessions will know that the focus is always on the CHILD PERSPECTIVE.

With that in mind…

The BEST Present we can give, especially to a child, during the Christmas and Holiday Season is our PRESENCE: our undivided, focused attention.

A close encounter of the “human kind” says: “You are valued. You matter to me. It is very important to me to be with you.”

Yet with all our good intentions, December becomes the month of madness instead of the Season of Gladness.

How can we give the present that keeps on giving … look at your schedule, your time, your commitments and see where you can refocus your attention on to what matters…

Every pressure removed from our schedule gives us more NOW time for the children…

3 Time Enhancers

  1. Simplified decorating — less is always more…
  2. Realistic Expectations — do I really need to by another gift or buy for that person?
  3. Going out less and staying in more. Do we have to go to all the parties we are invited to?

By giving PRIORITY to be with our children and families will speak louder than PRESENTS!

4 Close Encounters…

  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. 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…
  3. Bake a favourite recipe together and don’t worry what they look like or taste like! Enjoy the “doing together” part. And… don’t forget to let them lick the spoon & bowl!
  4. Get bundled up just after dark and go for a walk or car ride to enjoy the lights in the neighbourhood = FREE ENTERTAINMENT

Wishing you all the PEACE + JOY of the Season!

Blessings,

Mary

Mary Stuart, E.C.E.D.H, RECE,
Director, Childlife…Solutions 4Life with Kids!