Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Teach Your Children Appreciation

Teaching Your Children Appreciation Creates A Stronger Child.


With each of the items you give your children, particularly at Holiday times, make sure you show them the beauty residing in each of gifts. Teaching them an appreciation for each item will make them find a new love in each of the items you are giving them.


I have a very cute story, which is followed up by how I feel this came about. As we all remember, being a child at Christmas time is excitement in itself. We all waited for Santa to arrive, and then we ran downstairs to rip open each present we had under the tree. After we were done opening our gifts, we sat and examined them throughout the remainder of the day. It's not very often we see something different than the reaction I have just expressed.


However, I have a four year old daughter, and let me tell you, she shocked both me and my husband beyond belief. I have always been one to show her little uncanny things each item does, and now I know the intelligence she has partly comes just from this area.


My four year old daughter got up on Christmas day, late. I mean,it was almost ten o' clock before she even rolled out of bed! My husband and I anxiously awaited her to crawl down the stairs in excitement. Eventually she did, first by greating us with "Merry Christmas", and then by grabbing her toy from the night before. She sat down on the floor and immediately started building something out of her intricate legos!


I looked at my husband in shock, and then asked her, "Paige, don't you want to open your presents Santa left you last night?" She kept working busilly with her building blocks, and then replied, "No. Not right now, thanks. I want to play with this toy first." I was shocked by her response, and had never seen such a thing.


So then I asked her again, "Are you sure you don't want to open another present? You have a few of them under the tree. It would be fun!" Once again she said to me, "No, I'm building this first." After a few minutes, she got up and came over to give us a hug. Then she asked us a question. She asked, "Do you know why I don't want to open a present yet?"


I smiled at her, and asked her why. She told me it's because each present she has under the tree is so very special, she wanted to take all day to open them all. She said she wanted to play with each thing after it was opened, and would only open the next present when she felt it was time. At that moment in time, I realized my daughter was so much more grown up than I had even anticipated.


She held true to her word, and while everyone called to see what everyone got, repeatedly they were told (all day long) we weren't finished opening presents yet. Each and ever person loved the story about why.


When your child wants to have something new, and you feel the need to get it for them, make sure you take the time to show them everything that can be done with it. Something as simple as alphabet blocks can be turned into something beautiful and mind transforming.


As a little theory to get the ball rolling, let me tell you some of the things I showed my daughter with her simple ten dollar gift she found to be so thrilling. Number one, they are great items to create imaginary buildings, and in more ways than one. They can be stacked, of course, but you can also use the pictures on the sides of each block to make scenery pictures. Additionally, your child can learn the alphabet, as well as learn how to read words.


To add a little interest to the alphabet blocks, I also purchased a magnetic toy by Leap Frog called the "Word Whammer". Not only does this item teach the child the letter and the sound it makes, but also teaches them how to spell and sound out three letter words. So my daughter feels proud of herself and what she can do, she uses the wooden alphabet blocks, because they have three letter words on them, and uses the word whammer to see what the word spells. This also gives her the option to practice her counting skills to figure out which words are three letter words.


Showing her this intellectually stimulating side of wooden blocks and the word whammer has already helped her to recognize words, and it has only been two days since she has opened them.


Keep your child enthused with creativity, intelligence and fun, and you are opening the door to a child which will amaze you with the mature way they learn to think about things.

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