Parents sometimes stress about thoughts that aren’t really true.
So what are you telling yourself about holiday gifts for your kids? For many of us those thoughts are not only inaccurate but can actually be harmful to us, the people we love, and even our holiday spirit. It isn’t about the gifts. It’s about you. You are the perfect holiday gift.
Research tells us that what kids want most is your full on, exuberant presence. When you look in each other’s eyes, you actually lower stress and increase feel-good brain chemicals. When you have fun with your kids you are signaling safety and joy which is what they want and need most. So instead of rushing around for last minute gifts, take time together. Bake cookies, read a favorite holiday story, play a game, draw together or go for a walk – ask them what they would like to do (that doesn’t involve technology). Time together with your relaxed, undivided attention is the best gift of all and the one you will all remember.
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