$435 Billion…Will It Make A Difference in Your Child’s Life?

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As I mentioned in a previous blog, I love shopping for my kid. The holiday season provides me another good excuse.

I just read that the holiday season generates about $435 billion worth of economic activity in the United States. That is an average of $200-$300 per child.

So, I've already admitted my guilt. I've shopped. I've spent. Now, I am wondering what this will get my child?

Will these gadgets and gizmos really make her smarter? Will they give her “a leg up” in her development? What really is going to make a difference in her life? Will it be the one more, “must have,” hot toy of the season?

Yeah, I know what you are thinking.

Probably not.

In the middle of the holiday hype, it's good to go back to the basics of what will really make a difference in our kiddo's life, what we really should be giving them this holiday season (and beyond):

1. Love. Unconditional, no matter what, no matter when. Love.

2. Quality time. One on one, indivdiualized attention time. Get rid of the distractions. Focus and enjoy.

3. Discipline. No, not the nasty “keep them in line” authoritarian-type of discipline. I'm thinking more of communicating expectations. Be consistent and fair. Understand your child's development. Model your expectations.

4. Be Your Child's #1 Fan. Build confidence by rooting for your child – everyday. Give them tools to overcome their challenges. Figure out where they are, where they are going and make a plan to help get them there.

$435 billion can't buy those things and yet they are the best gifts we can ever give our child. It's a good reminder of the important stuff this holiday season.

Hmmm…with that said, maybe it's time to head to the mall. Just kidding.

Happy holidays to you and yours!

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$435 Billion…Will It Make A Difference in Your Child’s Life?

Jeannie Fleming-Gifford is a mama to one little lady, freelance writer, and the director of education for a non-profit community school of the arts. Graduating with a B.A. in Music and a M.A. in Child Development, Jeannie began her career in quality child development programs as a teacher, then moved into creative administrative roles with science centers, symphony orchestras and arts programs. Owner of 170+ year old house, Jeannie loves living in small town America where walks to the park and ... More

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