Helping your children grow their confidence with genuine gift-giving is a wonderful way to teach them kindness and to be genuinely less selfish or greedy especially in families of extreme or even moderate wealth. Are you fully aware of the value of teaching your children to give with their heart and not weighing heavily on the monetary value of the gift?
Handmade from the Heart
As with most life-lessons, it's best to start young and build on a foundation of genuine concern for others and not just self. It might not be as easy to convince your somewhat spoiled teenager that a handmade picture frame by her baby sister with Mom's help, is better than a new cell phone. But if they are raised with the understanding that personally made gifts are often even more precious than anything manufactured by machine, you might be surprised what they value as they grow older.
The Real Cost of Giving
I remember a favorite party I hosted with my grandchildren. Because we live 1000 miles apart I sent them a boxed party with all the ingredients for our "Love of the family party." It was a peanut butter and jelly party because families who eat peanut butter stick together. They loved it. I sent a few hats and tablecloths and plenty of different jars of Peanut Butter and Jelly and it cost less than $25. You can easily modify this type of party for any holiday or celebration and teach some valuable lessons in the process.
Take time this and every opportunity you get to install precious memories and life-lessons in your children or grandchildren by teaching the art of genuine gift-giving.
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