First of all, I’d like to make it clear that the points highlighted in this article has been inspired from a Facebook video I’ve reposted years ago and just showed up again yesterday in my Memories. Don’t you just love sharing posts that you loved so much that you want to share to everyone you know online? Well, at least that’s the reason why I do it. Another is to inspire myself as well in the next few years. Seeing posts that inspired you at that moment in time can remind you to be inspired once more.
Anyways, you can watch the video here. It’s from a speaker named Dr. Justin Coulson, a parenting expert from Australia. The title of his talk was 3 Principles for Happier Families.
I couldn’t let this opportunity pass now to write something about it and to give more of my insights about this topic. Not only because I’m feeling the Holiday spirit as Christmas is only 12 days to go, but also because there’s no better time to spread awareness on these principles to parents like me than this season of giving love.
I’ve recently wrote an article about Christmas Tradition that you can do with your family as I really want to make it a point to highlight how important is to remember and know the true meaning of Christmas than just merely buy and give gifts.
Christmas time is truly a wonderful time. For most children, it is the most awaited time of the year! For parents though, well, let’s be honest…with everything getting expensive, those toys are getting more and more ridiculously outrageous as well.
Despite that, whether included on budget or not, we try our best to give them to our children. Well, hopefully you don’t get too carried away though and let your pockets have those deep holes after Christmas (if you know what I mean) *wink*
Here’s some really great gifts you can give your children no matter what age they are in and would truly be appreciated and remembered for the rest of their lives. What’s great about this is you don’t need to wait for Christmas to give them… you can give it as much as you want, any day of the year, without spending a single dollar!
According to theconversation.com, Love is an emotion that keeps people bonded and committed to one another. Just by reading that meaning makes my heart giggle inside. Who doesn’t want to feel loved?!
Feeling loved and giving/showing love is one of the best thing you can give, and receive. Nothing beats that! And when you are in this cloud-nine feeling, doesn’t it make everything in your life feel great? Your stars seems to align everything that’s happening in your life and everything seems perfect!
Loving and showing your love to children can be somehow tricky though. Most parents think giving that toys and other material things is what their children would want them to give. Unfortunately, children may be young and not know much about life but they sure know one thing. That there’s no much more valuable in life than TIME. And that’s what they want from us as parents. Our time.
Just like in business, they say, time is money. Or with professionals who charge the services they do based on the time they spend on doing things. Our children knows that! Spending time with them is one of the best things you can give them.
Here are some simple yet valuable ideas on how you can spend QUALITY time with your family:
- Spend time eating at least one meal a day together. Have a fun talk during meals.
- Go for nature walks. Spending time away from civilisation is always fun. There’s no same thing you can see no matter how many times you pass by the same route. Nature has its own way of making things interestingly beautiful every time.
- Read a book together. This month of December, we’re doing this Family Tradition of Reading the Book of Luke each night till Christmas. It’s not only about reading the Bible but commemorating the life of Jesus and making Christmas more meaningful.
- Put away all gadgets. It’s not only the phones that keeps us distracted in spending quality time with our family. Many might argue that their phone is too important to them and there might be something like an emergency that might come up. The trick that I do is to leave it in another room where you can still hear it rings. It’s simply to assume that your smartphone is line your landline that you can’t simply move along with you around.
- Meal made with love. Cook together as a family and enjoy laughter like no other! Not only do you create great memories but your children also learn some great math in there! All those fraction woes would surely be easy peasy for them!
True love comes with respect. We all are human and that means we have limitation in everything. Learning to say “no” and understanding the reason behind it is an important matter.
What’s great with children is they are first and foremost under you wing from the very start. They key is to slowly let them loose with trust with them knowing by heart their limits. And while children’s rights are important, we are still the ones in-charge of letting them understand the responsibilities that right entails.
Living with freedom is everyone’s need. What will make most enjoy more that freedom is if each one knows the limits they have on everything. Am I being too preachy?!
Okay, enough, let’s get to the good part again.😊
When was the last time you spend genuine laughter with your family? We often associate laughter with happiness and when it comes to being happy, we associate to giving material things to be able to make others feel that way. That’s where we got everything all twisted.
Children simply wants the laughter. That means as simple as telling jokes, dancing like nobody’s watching, or simply making hilarious stories. Our children are the most fun and cool people on earth and ones who would let you see the goodness of life you often miss to see.
I hope this article help you realise how easy it is to give a gift to children this Christmas. I know some parents who get too stressed just to make sure they got the gift their children would want and appreciate. Why not start with these 3 key points and I’m sure no matter it is that you wrapped, you’ll have the most special smile and hug on Christmas day!