How To Teach Children How To Love And Give

How to teach children how to love and give: The sure way to teach children to love and give is by practicalizing it...

On Saturday, I went out with General Praise so we could plan how and what to buy for Daddy as his father's Sunday gift. I need us to leave the house so we can plan well without any disturbance from others and also do it as a surprise gift. So I told Praise about the fathers Sunday celebration and the plan for a surprise gift for daddy. He was so excited, so I asked Praise to suggest what we should buy for Daddy.

I am intentional about instilling decision-making skills in them. So I needed Praise to think out something and decide what we should buy, then I will seal it up. But he played out the role maturely without much stress. Immediately, he started suggesting to me that we should buy. Praise; mummy, let's buy shorts, shirts, boxers, singlets, socks, shoes...

Me: Ahhhhh! All these things for Daddy?

Praise: yes, naa, daddy is a king, so we should buy him big things.

Me: Okay, let's go to the place we would buy the things first; we will buy the one our money can buy for now.

So, we went to the BYC store to get a few things, and immediately we got there, he started telling them what to bring; imagine ๐Ÿ˜ they were just laughing at his audacity... I just have to talk oooo before somebody puts me into financial trouble, ehenuuu. We picked the ones my pocket could carry, and we left.

So my next problem was how to let him close his mouth. As in, how to make him not broadcast our plan before Sunday morning, we planned surprising daddy with the gifts. I kukuma begged him not to tell anybody that we bought something for Daddy ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ That same day was also our first day out alone to talk and gist as Mummy and son. one of my parenting plans was that immediately any of them clocked five years I will start one on one time out with them( individual talking time with Mummy- bonding special)

So when we reached the place we had our one- no-one discussions, I begged this bro to please hold his mouth and not tell anyone that we bought something for Daddy oOoOO. I even promised him something to join if only he would not announce our surprise package before Sunday morning. After we finished our Mummy & Son time out talking and laughing with cups of ice- cream and meat pies, we went home.

As we were on our way back to the house, I kept reminding him not to tell anybody oooo that we bought gifts for daddy๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ How possible is this? Ewoooi! He was even giving me hope oooo. Immediately we get to the door, the way this bro rushed the door eeeeh, I have to drag him back again to remind him not to talk ooooo. He said, okay, mummy...

As he opened the door, fiaaaaam. We didn't know daddy was hiding at the back of the door. Praise dashed in and called the second general...the way I just called him eeehhh with a rolling eye of " if you talk eeehhh."

The next thing I heard was, Chimdi, he called( second general) I will not tell you that we bought something๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ™„God of mercy๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ Me; Praise oooooooo๐Ÿ˜‚, I hurriedly dragged him to one corner to warn him to close his mouth ooo. I was just following him up and down to make sure that he didn't say anything.

No small thing oooo, I suffered that night in the hand of Praise just to make sure that our plans were not tampered with. Odiegwu! The truth was that he later said it oooo, but he was kind of smart shaaa๐Ÿ˜; he told them that " I will not tell you, people, that Mummy bought something for you, but I will not talk." What kind of gossip is this one? I decided to mind my business abeg to avoid high blood pressure.

Fast forward to the next morning, Sunday, and immediately he woke up; he reminded me to go and bring that thing so they could go and surprise daddy. I told him to wait first after spoiling my plans; now what? "I did not tell," was his reply๐Ÿ˜‚ I later shared the three gifts we bought among them to go give daddy and say SURPRISE! and wish him a happy father's Sunday. The kind of joy, smile the fulfillment that filled their faces was something worthy of beholding. They all went and presented their gifts and were happy that they gifted daddy things.

Later that morning Praise insisted that Daddy should wear those things they bought for him. As far as they were concerned, na them buy those things. It was a joyful moment for them.

Take home,โœ๏ธ

โœ… Start early to teach your kids decision-making. It is for their good and growth to get them involved in decision-making at home. Ask them questions and let them think things out. You can finalize it later but always allow them to think and decide things. You wouldn't want to train a child that doesn't know how to think out something on his own.

โœ… The bat way to teach kids how to give is a practical demonstration of giving. Always give them gifts to give themselves on each other special day, and give them a gift(s) to give daddy or mummy once in a way. Let them see how you buy the gift, and let them do the giving. You are teaching them how to give.

โœ… Don't think that they are small to know what you are doing; get them involved as early as possible. It's good that your kids know how you demonstrate love in your home. Let them be part of the plan; they are learning.

โœ… Celebrate each other before your kids; your kids must know that it's good to celebrate each other. Unfortunately, some couples don't celebrate each other. How, then, did you plan to teach your kids?ย 

This is practical parenting; there is no other way to teach them some family values, life skills, and morals, if not by modeling them for them to imitate and follow. We are not just raising kids but complete kids..spiritually, physically, socially, academically, financially, and skillfully. Parenting is seasonal and time-bound; start now. Now that you are still seeing and feeling them.

Thank you for reading,ย 

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