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Local Education

December 22, 2013

10 perfect gifts parents can give

Rushing around trying to find that last-minute perfect gift, the one that will bring joy to your child's face?

Stop! There are 10 gifts you can give your child that he will remember forever. And you don't have to go past your front door to obtain them or use your credit card, either.

1. TIME

We get so busy we often forget to slow down and focus on the important things. We all know that we don't have enough time in a day to do everything. So we need to prioritize the things we spend our minutes, hours and days on.

Every child responds to one-on-one time with a parent. It says, "I think you are important. You are special. You can talk to me, and I will listen."

Make it a time that you talk to each other about favorite things, dreams for the future, or events of your childhood. Don't make it about correcting behavior or homework. Make it about knowing each other. Make memories.

2. CELEBRATION

When our favorite sports team wins the championship, we take to the streets in celebration. Give that to your children every day. Small steps are just as important as big ones. The small steps add up to a long journey.

Celebration can be spoken, written or experienced. Celebrating tells your child that you are proud of the progress he has made.

3. PATIENCE

When our children are experiencing difficulty, we want to end that difficulty as fast as possible. What we must remember is that the process of learning is complicated and sometimes tedious. Our child will progress, pause and even backslide on this journey. We must be patient. Our children can sense this anxiety and in turn become anxious. If your child is not meeting goals as soon as you feel he should, talk with others to see what you could do to assist him on his journey.

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