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| Presence Not Presents 2
"You give but little when you give of your possessions.
It is when you give of yourself that you truly give."
(Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet)
To make Earth sustainable, we need a simpler material lifestyle, especially in the Rich World.
Parents and grandparents tend to overload their children with presents on festive occasions, like birthdays and Christmas.
You can try a low-gift rule.
Or buy experiences rather than things.
Good long-term feelings come from presence not presents!
Children need quality and quantity time!!
What can I give Him, poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb;
If I were a Wise Man, I would do my part;
Yet what I can I give Him: give my heart.
(From In the Bleak Midwinter by Christina Rossetti)
Are You Listening to Your Child?
Here is a quiz from the book Hidden Messages by Elizabeth Pantley, chapter 'Empty Your Hands, Open Your Heart' (p.128). See how many of the following you can honestly affirm happened in the past week.
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'Presence Not Presents' and focuses on Parenting.
Presence Not Presents
Effective Communication & Children
Being Here-Now Quotes