Truly wonderful the mind of a child is.
Yoda to Obi-Wan about the purity of innocence and the insights that can be gleamed from listening to fresh ideas. – Episode II: Attack of the Clones
While wrapping my gifts I noticed empty paper cardboard rolls and ribbon spools. Rather than toss them out, I looked at them differently; almost as if they would be treated as treasures for children with wonderful imaginations.
My thinking was heightened as I had recently spent time with such a little boy. He seemed to be able to make a game out of any object, and included adults as part of the game. That gave him time to get to know and appreciate us. When we left his house, he turned and said, “I want to give you one more hug.” I thought how priceless it is for family to hear that from a child.
I suspect that was largely due to the creative freedom he had to make up his own games. Since he was a four-year-old boy, naturally the games involved a lot of physical movement. But that might be why he was so happy. I remember an interview a number of years ago with Dr. Vicki who talked about little boys and anger. Please listen to her complete broadcast on dealing with anger, but the message is that little children, especially boys, need to move and play. If they don’t have such opportunities, their pent up energy is displaced as irritability and anger.
When buying your children presents for Christmas, remember that playing with them makes the game so much better and far more memorable.
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During this holiday season, remember it’s more than the gift or the toy. Be part of the fun and include extended family as well. The time you play with them is what the kids will remember.
Tina Nocera, Founder