I love this idea. Why? Because a well chosen storybook can spark curiosity, build imagination and introduce a child to a new world, language, culture or way of thought. Solving mysteries, meeting new friends and learning new vocabulary are just a few of the "gifts" your child will unwrap in each book.
McCullough believes that the books should be left by Santa. However, I have no problem with the book coming from mom, dad, papa or a special aunt or uncle. I also love the idea of that person writing a special message in the front of the book. Maybe include the date and why you have chosen this particular book for the child. And why stop at winter holidays? Consider making this a family tradition for Easter, birthdays or even Halloween?
One final thought. Although I truly believe that good books are worth their weight in gold, I understand purchasing books get pricey. So take a peak on Amazon.com and you'll notice that you can often buy books "used". Check for their quality and you will frequently find books in good condition for significantly less. I have done this numerous times and aside from a crimped page or two I found little to complain about.
Looking for book purchase ideas check out my website for my Books of the Month and my Book Shelf. Lots of wonderful ideas.
Have fun and save money starting out a new and exciting family tradition.
Okay, so the story line caught my eye and I was curious to read more about these Utah parents who thought that their children had become "too entitled". Their answer? Instead of sharing holiday gifts with their kids, they chose to use Christmas to "discipline" their children by making the kids give gifts, rather than receive them. I cannot tell you how much this story bugged me and stayed on my mind. Hence, this blog!
I just have 4 comments for these Utah parents:
- Pick up a mirror! You are your child's primary teacher. If your kids have been acting "entitled" and "disrespectful" you might want to take a closer look at your parenting messages throughout the year. Kids are not born "entitled" and acts of disrespect can be nipped when replacement behaviors are both expected and modeled consistently by surrounding adults.
- There are much better ways to teach the joy and value of giving to others than by doing it through "disciplining" your kids. One time holiday related service projects are fine but how about making "giving" a regular part of your kid's life? Children who see their parents volunteer or regularly participate in service or community groups are far more apt to value and follow that path. Talk with your kids about the joy of doing for others and not just at Christmas time. Lead by example and they will learn to follow. As a family, consider choosing one hospital, shelter or community to support throughout the year.
- Find another way to acquire notoriety than by splashing your kids faces across a blog. I was sad to see three little faces touting the fact that their Christmas had been taken from them. I hope that a future story might include anything positive that they have learned from this experience.
- I love the fact that you want Christmas to be remembered for the right reasons and that your children "are not moping around". And I respect the fact that you are no longer accepting of entitlement or disrespect. Although this would not be the path I would choose, perhaps you will make this Christmas "activity" your starting place for change. It's going to take a whole lot more work than just removing Christmas gifts from under the tree and I wish you well.