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Challenge: Reducing Holiday Stress

YOU are the gift your kids need this year

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There is a world out there, and it belongs to our children.

It doesn’t rush. It doesn’t stress. Often, it doesn’t even notice other people.

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I lost sight of my kids earlier in a box store, and this is how I found them:

Completely enthralled by books.

What they wanted didn’t require glitter, batteries, or adults.

It was breathtaking.

If I’m honest, I am considering a simple Christmas for my kids.

Not because I am Scrooge.
But because – as their mother – I get to peek into their special universe.

And only in that moment – when they are flipping through an experience with such wonder – do I get the entire meaning of parenthood:

What your kids need is what you give them every day.

YOU are the gift.
YOU are the everyday Christmas.
YOU are the daily miracle in their lives.

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So, the next time you find yourself peering into the incredible world of childhood, keep this in mind:

It is through our time, not our gifts, that we get in.

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