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35 Gifts Your Children Will Never Forget | Becoming Minimalist

35 Gifts Your Children Will Never Forget | Becoming Minimalist | Interesting Reading | Scoop.it

What type of gifts can we give to our children that they will never forget? What gifts will truly impact their lives and change them forever?


Here is an alphabetical list of 35 Gifts Your Children Will Never Forget.

  1. Affirmation. Sometimes one simple word of affirmation can change an entire life. So make sure your children know how much you appreciate them. And then, remind them every chance you get.
  2. Art. With the advent of the Internet, everyone who wants to create… can. The world just needs more people who want to…
  3. Challenge. Encourage your child to dream big dreams. In turn, they will accomplish more than they thought possible… and probably even more than you thought possible.
  4. Compassion/Justice. Life isn’t fair. It never will be – there are just too many variables. But when a wrong has been committed or a playing field can be leveled, I want my child to be active in helping to level it.
  5. Contentment. The need for more is contagious. Therefore, one of the greatest gifts you can give your children is an appreciation for being content with what they have… but not with who they are.
  6. Curiosity. Teach your children to ask questions about who, what, where, how, why, and why not. “Stop asking so many questions” are words that should never leave a parents’ mouth.
  7. Determination. One of the greatest determining factors in one’s success is the size of their will. How can you help grow your child’s today?
  8. Discipline. Children need to learn everything from the ground-up including appropriate behaviors, how to get along with others, how to get results, and how to achieve their dreams. Discipline should not be avoided or withheld. Instead, it should be consistent and positive.
  9. Encouragement. Words are powerful. They can create or they can destroy. The simple words that you choose to speak today can offer encouragement and positive thoughts to another child. Or your words can send them further into despair. So choose them carefully.
  10. Faithfulness to your Spouse. Faithfulness in marriage includes more than just our bodies. It also includes our eyes, mind, heart, and soul. Guard your sexuality daily and devote it entirely to your spouse. Your children will absolutely take notice.
  11. Finding Beauty. Help your children find beauty in everything they see… and in everyone they meet.
  12. Generosity. Teach your children to be generous with your stuff so that they will become generous with theirs.
  13. Honesty/Integrity. Children who learn the value and importance of honesty at a young age have a far greater opportunity to become honest adults. And honest adults who deal truthfully with others tend to feel better about themselves, enjoy their lives more, and sleep better at night.
  14. Hope. Hope is knowing and believing that things will get better and improve. It creates strength, endurance, and resolve. And in the desperately difficult times of life, it calls us to press onward.
  15. Hugs and Kisses. I once heard the story of a man who told his 7-year old son that he had grown too old for kisses. I tear up every time I think of it. Know that your children are never too old to receive physical affirmation of your love for them.
  16. Imagination. If we’ve learned anything over the past 20 years, it’s that life is changing faster and faster with every passing day. The world tomorrow looks nothing like the world today. And the people with imagination are the ones not just living it, they are creating it.
  17. Intentionality. I believe strongly in intentional living and intentional parenting. Slow down, consider who you are, where you are going, and how to get there. And do the same for each of your children.
  18. Your Lap. It’s the best place in the entire world for a book, story, or conversation. And it’s been right in front of you the whole time.
  19. Lifelong Learning. A passion for learning is different from just studying to earn a grade or please teachers. It begins in the home. So read, ask questions, analyze, and expose. In other words, learn to love learning yourself.
  20. Love. …but the greatest of these is love.
  21. Meals Together. Meals provide unparalleled opportunity for relationship, the likes of which can not be found anywhere else. So much so, that a family that does not eat together does not grow together.
  22. Nature. Children who learn to appreciate the world around them take care of the world around them. As a parent, I am frequently asking my kids to keep their rooms inside the house neat, clean, and orderly. Shouldn’t we also be teaching them to keep their world outside neat, clean, and orderly?
  23. Opportunity. Kids need opportunities to experience new things so they can find out what they enjoy and what they are good at. And contrary to popular belief, this doesn’t have to require much money.
  24. Optimism. Pessimists don’t change the world. Optimists do.
  25. Peace. On a worldwide scale, you may think this is out of our hands. But in relation to the people around you, this is completely within your hands… and that’s a darn good place to start.
  26. Pride. Celebrate the little things in life. After all, it is the little accomplishments in life that become the big accomplishments.
  27. Room to Make mistakes. Kids are kids. That’s what makes them so much fun… and so desperately in need of your patience. Give them room to experiment, explore, and make mistakes.
  28. Self-Esteem. People who learn to value themselves are more likely to have self-confidence, self-esteem, and self-worth. As a result, they are more likely to become adults who respect their values and stick to them… even when no one else is.
  29. Sense of Humor. Laugh with your children everyday… for your sake and theirs.
  30. Spirituality. Faith elevates our view of the universe, our world, and our lives. We would be wise to instill into our kids that they are more than just flesh and blood taking up space. They are also made of mind, heart, soul, and will. And decisions in their life should be based on more than just what everyone else with flesh and blood is doing.
  31. Stability. A stable home becomes the foundation on which children build the rest of their lives. They need to know their place in the family, who they can trust, and who is going to be there for them. Don’t keep changing those things.
  32. Time. The gift of time is the one gift you can never get back or take back. So think carefully about who (or what) is getting yours.
  33. Undivided Attention. Maybe this imagery will be helpful: Disconnect to Connect.
  34. Uniqueness. What makes us different is what makes us special. Uniqueness should not be hidden. It should be proudly displayed for all the world to see, appreciate, and enjoy.
  35. A Welcoming Home. To know that you can always come home is among the sweetest and most life-giving assurances in all the world. Is your home breathing life into your child?


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We often fear public speaking because we are afraid of how we appear to others, and we tend to be perfectionists. Make a video of yourself and share it.


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By 2018, Hudson Yards will have changed the face of New York.


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And adding to the city's already dynamic skyline is Hudson Yards, a massive new development on Manhattan's far west side. The $20 billion project is a joint effort between real estate firm Related Companies and real estate investment, development, and management company Oxford Properties Group.

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A leading neuroscientist who has spent decades studying creativity shares her research on where genius comes from, whether it is dependent on high IQ—and why it is so often accompanied by mental illness. 

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Most people understand that to be successful they need to network. But actually going out and doing it is another matter. People are scared by the task and believe it requires inauthentic, uncomfortable behavior and is an activity that is inconsistent with focusing on job performance. 


Too often, people view networking "as something that 'is not them' or that they could not see themselves doing."


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Many books claim they will change your life. These seven really did change mine.


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California poppies bloom all over the state, but the western side of Antelope Valley in northern Los Angeles County is the most consistent poppy-bearing land, protected from grazing and other human interference. Each spring, this desert like area comes alive with millions of bright orange poppy flowers.

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"Klout once aspired to be the Q Score of the Internet: a way of tracking reach and influence across Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and other social media. Its algorithm has always been a black box. But the company moved beyond the vanity metrics of social media—things like number of friends or followers—and into deeper indicators of engagement, like retweets. By doing so, Klout tried to become the world’s first and most reliable standard of measuring social influence.  It never quite got there..." 


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Is Klout really dead? Does it really matter? Is Bieber's hair real? Does that matter?

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We define what we are. If you call yourself lazy, stupid, talentless – that’s all you’ll ever be because that’s what you’ve accepted, you made yourself into this person and that’s who you are now.


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Simple. Easy to try. Easy to incorporate. 


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Many thanks to fellow curator @Giuseppe Mauriello for suggesting this post! It's an article written by Gavin McMahon that includes 2 SlideShare pieces.


The first SlideShare is about Pixar's rules for storytelling. The second SlideShare are story tips from Kurt Vonnegut.


I've curated the Pixar piece before, along with some of Vonnegut's material. But now they are together in this post, plus the author includes the top 5 tips for better business storytelling.


And there's a bonus! Follow the link at the end of the article for a terrific post, "Make Your Presentations Poetic". 


This is all good stuff. Happy storytelling!


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it 


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Many thanks to fellow curator [url=/u/105017 x-already-notified=1]Giuseppe Mauriello[/url] for suggesting this post! It's an article written by Gavin McMahon that includes 2 SlideShare pieces.


The first SlideShare is about Pixar's rules for storytelling. The second SlideShare are story tips from Kurt Vonnegut.


I've curated the Pixar piece before, along with some of Vonnegut's material. But now they are together in this post, plus the author includes the top 5 tips for better business storytelling.


And there's a bonus! Follow the link at the end of the article for a terrific post, "Make Your Presentations Poetic". 


This is all good stuff. Happy storytelling!


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it 

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