Giving Children What Money Can’t Buy

Cup_of_Coffee.GIFMoney just can’t buy some things.  Yet, so often some parents will try to buy for their children something to substitute for what can not be bought.  

 
For example, children need the attention of their parents. A parent may come home from work with a new toy or trinket for their daughter.  Yet, that is no substitute for just being with this child.

 
A child may have many, many toys.  Yet, that may not mean that he or she is really learning to play.  Learning to play using the imagination, learning to play with others, and learning to play in such a way that invites creativity are not dependent on how many toys a parent has bought that child. 

 
What does a child need?  What does a child need that can not be purchased?   

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10 thoughts on “Giving Children What Money Can’t Buy

  1. Unconditional love, acceptance, confidence, conversation, laughter, positive role models, and encouragement.

  2. I had a similar post recently.  I took it from a different angle, but on the same lines.  There are tons of things in life that are free and we can give them away.  It’s an amazing thing, because they are the best things in life.

  3. What does a child need? 

    A child needs to know that he is valued.  The best way to show that you value someone is to spend time interacting with them.  Sounds simple, but in our society, you have to really plan for this or it won’t happen.  This is instructive not only for parents, but for grandparents, aunts, uncles, or anyone who knows a child.  We all have the joyous responsibility of seeing that the children around us are made to realize their significance.

  4. Connie,I suspect that many who read your comment wish their parents had really communicated that they valued their own children.