Each day I watch the kids at preschool play with the new toys and activities we put out. Some hold their interest for longer than others, but most get cast aside in a relatively short period of time. What they really want, what most children want, is for someone to talk to them, play with them and interact with them. And that, my friends, is the greatest gift we can give. It's called the gift of our time. It's perfect for any age, it fits everyone, and it costs almost nothing. I can almost guarantee that all who receive your undivided attention will love it and not ask to return it.
I am as guilty as the next person when it comes to giving (or not giving) my kids my undivided attention. My mind is always racing and thinking of the next 50 things I need to do. This year, I will try to change that, at least for a short time. I will read a book, play a game, or just listen. Please don't get me wrong, I am not suggesting you opt for the no toys for Christmas policy. I am simply suggesting that the best present, the one that will last the longest and create the best memories, is to be present. Merry Christmas!