Today’s Gift on the Joy. Peace. Love. @ Home advent calendar for parents
Gift Certificates to offer to your children and your spouse – “My Time, Your Way”
by Denise Dampierre of SoSooper
How to receive this gift? Take the fun quiz on the Parent Advent Calendar today and you could be the lucky one to win the draw.
Time as a present to offer
Money cannot buy time. Not when it comes to time spent with kids.
Play-together-time often misses the Christmas list…AND yet, it’s the gift kids crave.
How does one “give” time? How can one make it feel like a present?
That’s why we created these Gift Certificates. Personalize with your child’s name and you signature, et voilà! You have a valuable stocking stuffer you and your children will cherish.
Gift Certificates for Your Time, Their Way
Click here to download Gift Certificates.
Kids and Parents Learn Through Play
Play teaches children how to overcome boredom, to follow rules, to win and lose well.
Let kids direct the play (that’s your gift). You’ll discover them WHILE helping your child learn life-skills.
You thought your daughter was impatient? She spends ½ hour dressing and undressing a doll! That’ll stretch the fortitude of many adults.
One Mom’s Story
The first year I offered these gifts to my sons they all invited me to play their favorite video game. “Oh, no! Wrong gift!” I thought.
These shared screen times taught me so much. This time was “extra video time” for the children and since the intent was to share a moment together, they willingly spent 30 minutes teaching me why they like this particular game, what makes it exciting, and how to win.
I observed their skills (or lack of) in anticipation, in strategizing, in concentration, and more.
And the following week when they struggled with homework, we applied ideas from the game to help concentration. “Let’s create levels. When you finish your first math problem, you reach level 2!”
The next year, I gave each child two gifts of time. One could be used for games on screens. The other was for something else of their choice. One child wanted to learn more about his bank statement. Another wanted to go shopping.
I kept doing this for years, even when our eldest was in high school. He asked for a visit to the ophthalmologist to see about contact lenses!
You Don’t Feel Like It
Screen games or doll dressing isn’t your cup of tea? Is homework theirs?
Look to the bigger picture. You’re creating memories, proving their importance, and connecting on their level! You’ll be amazed how that encourages them to seek to connect on issues of importance to you…like picking up their bags and coats in the front hallway. Seriously.
The Children Don’t Feel Like It
Kids might act like they don’t want to play with you.
“Children often resist love when they need it the most,”
assert Dr. Scott Turansky and nurse Joan Miller, authors of Parenting is Heart Work. Be creative and kindly insistent. They might be testing the sincerity of your offer.
If the kids don’t want to play, consider admiring them for 15 minutes. No words. No judgement. Simply seeking to understand them in their environment.
Say “Thank You”
That magic word for all ages concludes your time together on a positive note.
The Biggest Kid of Them All
How about playing with your spouse……! We’ve got a gift certificate for them too!
To receive Gift Certificates click here.
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