The Baby Budgeting Christmas Message

According to Jean Gross, child expert, author of ‘Psychology and Parenthood’ and a member of the Demos Character Inquiry Panel: “Encouraging empathy and compassion in children from a young age builds their core social and emotional awareness skills, which can not only reduce aggression, depression and anti-social behaviour but develop resilience, optimism and self-worth.

Its also a really good idea to teach children to make space in their life for new things and to move forward.

As a child each year just before christmas my daddy encouraged me to give away 3 toys I had outgrown to Barnardos. My children do the same and we take them along to a charity shop. This declutters, encourages empathy, supports the charity and give some other parent a qaulity bargain present.

If you and your kids are inclined this Christmas  gifting old toys in good condition will benefit everyone and teach your child about the true spirit of Christmas and some sound values.

May God bless you and yours this Christmas time and whatever you belive Christmas is about may yours be filled to the brim with love.

Signing off the blog for a week or so now ……See you after Christmas xxxx


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4 Comments

  1. Liz Burton
    December 22, 2010 / 6:13 pm

    Merry Christmas to you and your family.

    Great post. We had a de-clutter a couple of weeks ago and the charity shop got a huge sackful. Hopefully they will make some money for the charity and do someone a good turn, after all, like you say, it’s what Christmas is all about. x

  2. Karen Pine
    December 23, 2010 / 2:33 pm

    Fabulous blog. When all the emphasis for kids is on ‘getting’ at Christmas time, this is a great way of showing them the importance of ‘giving’.
    Your Dad obviously had great insight and compassion – how lovely that you are passing that on to your kids too.
    Inspired.
    Have a lovely Christmas.

  3. Naomi
    December 23, 2010 / 7:22 pm

    I am with you on this. Helping others begins at home and its good to share especially when you have access. I hope the coming year is everything you want and more. Naomi : )

  4. December 26, 2010 / 11:54 pm

    What a great post, we always do this the week after Christmas, and inbetween New Year. It is a tradition that has been carried on from my mum and dad. Neither my dad or Mr L work this week and we completly declutter and move stuff around the house. The charity shop does well out of us this week.

    We are starting tomorrow with Baba’s room and sorting it all out!

    I hope you all had a lovely Christmas xxx

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