Much Needed Gifts

Children need many, many gifts from their parents. Are your kids getting enough from you?

The kinds of gifts are not what you might think. I’m not talking about cell phones, iPods, game systems and free-reign. I’m talking about gifts that usually fit every budget and most are completely free of charge. I’m talking about gifts of time and fun that ultimately turn into a boat-load of memories.

Sure we have a limited number of hours in a day but even the smallest bit of fun can spark the happiest memories. One example from my own experience was what we call, “Feet up!” I had an elderly friend and both my daughters in the car with me as we headed out to lunch. We were about to cross railroad tracks and I shouted, “Feet up everybody!” I told them it was good luck to cross the tracks with your feet up. Everyone laughed and raised their feet; we still do it today and it did not cost one red cent— but oh what fun!

Having fun with your children while they are young nurtures your close relationship early on and just like eating meals together, may help you dodge a few teenage angst bullets later. Reading a comic book together, hitting yard sales, watching a kid-flick like The Sandlot,  building a birdhouse, competing with them in a game or other activity will give you and your child a wonderful opportunity to bond. These gifts guaranteed not to spoil your kids!

Building a close relationship while children are young will be extremely valuable as they become teenagers.

What are you waiting for?

Copyright © 2014 Jackie Saulmon Ramirez. All Rights Reserved.

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About Jackie Saulmon Ramirez

Jackie has volunteered for more than twenty years for children and family issues. Currently she writes for parents in the "Reminder" and "Parent Rap" Facebook page. If you are interested in receiving the "Reminder," send her a message.
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