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Teach Your Children the Art of Giving

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Eight Great Nuggets of Wisdom on Giving

Show your children how to choose suitable presents to express what they think or feel about a person or occasion. Here are eight great nuggets of wisdom on giving.

May no gift be too small to give,
nor too simple to receive,
which is wrapped in thoughtfulness,
and tied with love.
~ L.O. Baird

santa011. Get your child to understand his motivations about giving. Every child, no matter, how young, can be taught how and why he gives a present. Gifts are oftentimes merely an outward expression of what one thinks and feels.

Some gifts represent more directly than others a person’s hopes for the recipient. For example, a child is wishing her grandmother longevity when she gives him a thousand cranes formed out of origami paper. Whilst other gifts, such as oddly shaped, handmade cookies, may not be the perfect symbol of a…

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This Dad is for Life, Not for Weekends

“Real fatherhood means love and commitment and sacrifice and a willingness to share responsibility and not walking away from one’s children.” – William Bennett

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From Picking up a Penguin’s Egg Really Got Me into Trouble. Used with permission. From Picking up a Penguin’s Egg Really Got Me into Trouble.
Used with permission.

There is usually a nod of feigned sympathy. If I’m lucky I get a doleful look and a sad smile. Occasionally, I’m treated to a sympathetic hand on the shoulder as friends rally around to help me deal with my loss.

It’s not easy for them either. They also struggle to come to terms with my predicament; their eyes darting around the room as if seeking a solution, kind souls struggling to find the right words, scrambling for a suitable reaction to my loss, my handicap; my unbearable circumstances.

I do not employ a foreign domestic helper.

I know. I know. The depravation must be unthinkable, unfathomable. My daughter is being raised in a Dickensian sweatshop. Her every waking moment is like an audition for Angela’s Ashes. She spilled some Ribena on the kitchen…

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