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If we as parents can truly be honest with ourselves we all love receiving. It’s in us to want. It’s the human nature. Why do you think we have to teach our children to share. We have to learn to fight against it that wants. We have to learn to enjoy giving and watching others receive. They say more is caught than taught. I have always heard this phrase but now with my little busy 18 month old toddler…I’m seeing it. Seeing it daily. She is only saying a few words…so it’s not what she’s speaking that has been caught, yet! However it’s what she’s doing that has already been caught. I ask myself how? She’s only 18 months old! Yet I see it over and over again things she does that she has watched us do. It has made me stop and think on quite a few occasions.
As we are in the “thick” of the season of giving and receiving we are choosing to begin to teach our little E now. Even though she’s only a little one and won’t remember this years Christmas we are starting early so that our actions portray what we want her to learn through the years. There are 5 reasons we’ve come up with on why we want to teach her to give…I know there are more ideas, I know there are parents out there who are a lot more creative than we are!!!! Share with us…we want to hear from you seasoned parents, we are newbies!
1- Be an example day in day out -this principle isn’t just about the holidays, it should be a daily life goal.
2- Make it a Goal to Give and Do for Others throughout the year.
3- Let each family member choose someone they want to give to and ask them why. Make it a time of discussion and encouragement of love and joy to those around you.
4- You can’t out-give and help them prove that!
5- Someone has given to us in our life times no matter your age. Talk about those times, reflect on those times and how now those times impact your lives and memories.
The ultimate goal is to set out to serve and impact others.
We have chosen two loved ones in our lives to do a little extra for this year and make them Merry and Bright! Now with a little one in tow everywhere I go, Walmart has become my one stop shop and I have found Lily Pad Press greeting cards!!! (grab $2.00 off with your Ibotta app!) I’m over the top excited about these…I bought 5 this week! So we can’t wait to give a little something out of the ordinary topped with our new favorite cards letting these two know just how special and loved they are and what they mean to us!
How to make the PERFECT goodie bag for your loved one?
P -Prepare. What you will gather for your bag- make a list of ideas.
E– Eat. Include their favorite snack or candy?
R– Reason. Have a purpose behind giving and your gift, don’t buy just to buy!!!
F– Find. Look for the perfect card you can include in the bag that resonates a message of care to your loved one.
E– Encourage. Use this card/message as a time to encourage the relationship you have with your loved one you are gifting.
C– Choose. Your gift wrapping can make the world of difference in how you present your gift! Choose carefully!
T– Take. If you can take this goodie bag to your loved one in person, this means so much to them.
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Hi I’m Erin a Southern mama from South Mississippi, owner and chief editor of Sixth Bloom a blog helping mom-tographers capture their kiddos and life, talking all things home, parenting and how we navigate through life. You will find me living life to the fullest with my mister (aka husband) and our little one year old, Miss Elle, in our 500+ sq foot cottage as we build our dream house on our two acres! We are blessed beyond measure, love to travel, involved in ministry at our church and in between all of that I run three successful businesses!