This Christmas children don’t need your presents, they need your presence. Your presence is the best gift you can give to your children.
Have you ever felt that your mind was far away from where you were physically? I’m talking about having your mind and body dissociated. I’m talking about having an inner dialogue that prevents you from enjoying what you are doing, and that takes you to other places, thoughts and obligations. Actually, if this happens to you with you are spending time with your children, this is a big mistake.
Nowadays we spend significantly less time with our children than in an ideal world. This is why quality time is so important to make up for the small amount of time we can dedicate to our little ones. Quality time means 100% presence. These little creatures absorb everything happening around them and therefore the fact that you are not present can make them feel unimportant and can affect their self-esteem.
Children don’t need more presents, pricey clothes or you lending them your smartphone or tablet to be happy. What they need is to feel that their parents enjoy the sole act of being with them, with no additives, just simple being together, something so rare in our hyperactive hyper stimulated days.
The best present you can give to your children this Christmas, instead of the 15 usual presents, is your presence. This will last longer, it is less costly and a lot more valuable. Leave you smartphone or tablet in some remote place and give away your presence. All they want for Christmas is you. ; )