Best Gifts For Your Kids

No, this is not about which iPod, new phone, new car, expensive trip to get your child. It is not about how to make your child like you more. Being your son’s or daughter’s “friend” is not in my top 5 of what they need. (BTW, not trying to be your child’s friend is probably the best way to make it happen.)

I saw this list on a website for people in the north shore of the Chicago area. This is generally an area of well to do parents. Often Filthy Rich. Check out the full article here, it is well worth the click. The 10 gifts presented by these authors are:

1) Gift of Your Time, Presence & Connection

2) Gift of Feelings

3) Gift of Unconditional Love /Acceptance

4) Gift of Empathy

5) Gift of Limits & Boundaries

6) Gift of Boredom

7) Gift of Struggle & Disappointment

8) Gift of Conflict

9) Gift of Chores and Responsibilities

10) Gift of Mistakes and Imperfection

I would add the gift of intellectual curiosity and gift of imagination. Other than that I found this to be an excellent list.

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4 Responses to Best Gifts For Your Kids

  1. Frank says:

    That is a great list. Empathy is one I really like…it’s essential. As you said, it’s not about iPods or being popular. It’s about doing the right thing.

  2. Dan says:

    How true.
    Although it’s here, I would add: Gift of Family.

  3. Bill Strahan says:

    Love the list Rick. The point about not being a friend is spot on.

    My add – the Gift of asking for and giving forgiveness.

    Thanks for this.

  4. 48facets says:

    Frank,
    Far too often empathy is a forgotten trait. Lost in the competitiveness of the world.

    Dan/Bill two great adds. A few more and I can publish a new list.

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