The most valuable gift you can give them.
The most valuable gift you can give your child is the gift of your uninterrupted non-tech time. We spend our money and our time on the things we love and our children know this even better than we do.
Think in terms of talking, building your relationship and relaxing or playing with your child one on one. Sometimes it may just be reading a book together in silence. Whatever you are doing there are only 2 rules:
1. You are physically present with your child.
2. You are not connected to your technology (TV, laptop, phone).
It doesn’t really matter what you are doing but rather that it sets the stage for you to bond with your child. The purpose of this gift is also to get to know your child better (making him feel loved) and exposing your child to your values and beliefs. Sometimes just grabbing an unexpected 15 minutes with your child will be easy but most of the time it needs to be scheduled to make it happen.
The gift of time: Coupon book can include a trip to get ice cream or yogurt on a regular basis, a regular one on one dinner out, a trip to the bookstore to browse. Eat. Reading a book together, cooking something together or taking the dog for a walk with just one child, fishing (a fishing pole and a note from you), camping or going to the park. This gift of your time will make even your older kids feel loved and special more than any other gift you can wrap up or plug in. Trust me on this one!
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Enjoy these precious magical moments with your child as he discovers all that childhood has to offer; soon they will become the memories that will hold your family closer together and will be the memories that your child hangs on to when life gets hard. It won’t be long before his childhood door is shut completely and you both realize that all that screen time didn’t count for much.
While this 12 Days of Non-tech Gifting is not a complete list by any stretch, I hope that you are able to get some new ideas for making Christmas special for your child. Begin with a plan and a purpose to make your child feel special on Christmas Day and leave the screens at the store for now! Merry Christmas!
12 Days of Non Tech Gifts