Every year, parents wonder what it will be the best christmas present that we can ask Santa Claus and the Magi for our children. Is it that video game that they have asked us so much? Could it be that doll that has become so fashionable this year (and that is exhausted in all stores, by the way)? I am very clear about what gift I always try to give my son and that I believe that all children should receive this year, and all the following. But before I tell you what it is, let me tell you a little story.
SON: Dad, can I ask you a question?
DAD: Yeah sure, what is it?
SON: Dad, how much money do you make in an hour?
DAD: That's none of your business, why are you asking me such a thing?
SON: I just want to know… Please tell me, how much do you earn for an hour?
DAD: If you want to know, I earn 100 EUROS per hour.
SON: Oh! (The child sadly bows his head down).
SON: Dad, can you lend me 50 euros?
The father was furious.
DAD: If the only reason you want to know what I earn is to borrow money to buy a silly toy or some other nonsense, then I want you to go straight to your room, stay there and think about why you are being so selfish.
The boy quietly went to his room and closed the door.
The man sat up and started to get even angrier about the little boy's questions. How dare you ask such questions just to get some money?
After an hour or so, the man calmed down and began to think:
Maybe there was something that I really needed to buy with those 50 euros and really the child I have not let it be explained. He doesn't even ask for money very often ...
The man walked to the door of the boy's room and opened the door.
DAD: Are you asleep, son?
SON: No dad, I'm awake.
DAD: I've been thinking, maybe I was too hard on you. It has been a long day and I took out my bad mood ... Here is the 50 euros you asked for.
The boy smiled.
SON: Oh thank you dad!
Then, he got up and took from under the pillow, some crumpled bills. The man saw that the boy already had money, began to get angry again. The boy slowly counted his money, and then looked at his father.
DAD: Why do you want more money if you already have enough?
SON: Because I didn't have enough, but now I do. Dad, I have 100 euros now. Can I buy an hour of your time? Please come home early tomorrow. I'd like to have dinner with you.
The father felt crushed. He put his arms around his little son and asked for his forgiveness.
Since Guiainfantil.com This is the proposal that we want to offer you to respond to your concern about finding the perfect Christmas gift. Effectively, the best Christmas gift for children is to spend more time with them. And therefore, all children should receive it this year, but also the next and the next and the next ...
Reserve an hour (or several) in your schedule to live with your children the same desire and intensity that you put on your clients, your work tasks or your office reports.
It may sound a bit harsh, but it is not. It is simply a reality. If you do not schedule time for your children throughout the week to dedicate body and soul to them, as you do with time at work, this child in this story may happen to you; that in the end you do not dedicate it.
Time should not be considered an extra gift, like a video game or a trip to an amusement park. On the contrary, the child has to understand that the time his parents spend with him is part of his life on a more daily basis.
Scheduling time with your children may be enough, but how do we give it to children? The proposal is to make a checkbook, as a time checks, and give it to your child. Explain how it works. Let him decide once a week (not on a weekend when we take it for granted that you spend more time with them) what hour or hours he wants to spend with you. And if possible, what activity will you dedicate that time to? This recommendation is for fathers and mothers, even older siblings if there are any. In this case, what we would be looking for would be spending time with the little brother.
Time is the most valuable thing we have and the thing we least appreciate. Our children are great 'enjoyers' of time, let's learn from them and with them.
Time will become love for them and that will lead to learning in emotional management, they will be more secure, they will feel more confident and they will even have greater acceptance of themselves.
We know that, day by day, each one of us works to improve ourselves, to give the best to our children, to make a pleasant and exciting life, however, we forget the best gift we can offer to everyone around us, and it is as simple, as the desired TIME.
Merry Christmas time!
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