10 Priceless (And Free) Gifts For Parents To Give Their Child

Written by on December 19, 2014 in Conscious Parenting with 0 Comments
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Many are saying this generation has bred some of the rudest, crudest and most insincere children there are. Every older generation has probably said that about the younger ones. Let’s face it, folks, the generations are what we create. We are, after all, the ones molding them. Though it is not necessarily true (Generation: R for Rude), it is the collective perception.

With iPads, iPhones, iThis and iThat out there, perhaps there is a disconnect at home. More time is being spent virtually, with technology rather than with people. Amidst all of the technological advances (distractions), the seeming chaos and turmoil on the news, and the decline in good ole’ fashion fun (traditions, rituals, quality time spent together and with nature), parents have all the more pressure on them to focus on what is really important and instill that in their children.


Here is a list of 10 priceless gifts that also happen to be free, that every parent may bless their child with. These gifts last a lifetime, not a New York minute until the next fad.

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Time

There’s a book called, “To a Child, Love Is Spelled T-I-M-E” by Mac Anderson and Lance Wubbels.  They say that sometimes we all need a reminder that, “the most important things in life aren’t things.” A child may have every toy and new device known to man, but without quality time with his parents, he may as well have nothing.  Love certainly is shown by spending time together.

Many parents get caught up working to “make a living” and “provide” for their child(ren). But, the choice to give up that valuable and precious time cannot be rewound or reconsidered, the time cannot be recovered. Your child is only a child once, and you can never redo those years to witness the many milestones your little one will reach, or to be there for them in times of need. At the end of our lives, do you think we will say that we wish we spent more time with or away from our children? No-brainer here. With! There is no more priceless – and important – gift you can give to your child than your time. It’s the biggest and best gift of all. You are giving them yourself. And that says a lot. It also happens to be the best gift you can give yourself, too.

Stay Present


Piggybacking on the gift of time, staying present is imperative to quality time together.  Being physically present is not the same as being fully present with the little ones. If you are emotionally absent, it’s like you’re not even there  Staying present and connected during your time spent together will make a huge impact on your relationship with your child(ren)  Thich Nhat Hanh said, “Life is available only in the present moment. If you abandon the present moment you cannot live the moments of your daily life deeply.”

Living deeply, connected to your child, means being in the here and Now with them. Paying attention, experiencing the moment. Thinking about that growing to-do list, or an argument you had, or what to make for dinner will only distract you away from spending time with your child.  If you catch your mind wandering, no big deal! Bring it back to the moment and fully engage your child. Maintain eye contact and touch. Diving in with body, mind and soul will help to keep you from becoming distracted and will enhance the enjoyment of the experience for both you and your child.

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Play and Create

On a similar note to spending time and remaining present, allowing play and creativity is vital to a child’s well-being. Many times, we – as parents – want our kids to do the things we want to do. We feel that dragging them out to the stores we have to go to, or running errands that need to get done, or participating in activities or hobbies that we like is considered good quality time together.  kids are only kids once.  Let them do what they want to do! You only get a good five solid years before school starts, and they just get busier from then on.

Encourage your child to choose activities that make her happy and foster creativity. It’s only a matter of time before the world gets a hold on our children and they begin to lose that wonder and enthusiasm; the space where anything is possible if they can think it or dream it! Keep that world alive as long as you possibly can for them. Play is a form of imagination and creation. Teach your child to manifest that which she desires by holding firm to a vision and feeling it.  It’ll do her more good than you realize in later years. And let’s be real, it couldn’t hurt you to take a mini-vacation into the magical world of your child.

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