What Children Want More Than Presents

As a parent, there’s an innate drive to shower our kids with everything under the sun. If we could, we would probably all buy our children the moon. But how would that benefit them? What life lessons would they learn from being given mountains of presents? Furthermore, children don’t want presents—well, they do—but there are far more important things you can give to them.

There are so many things that children want more than presents.

Children Want Presence

Intentional parents know that one of the main things that children want more than presents is your presence. Quality time with your kids is one of the most wonderful gifts you can give to them. Toys break. Clothes are outgrown. But that time you sat down with them and read an entire book series with them? Those memories will be treasured forever.

There’s no substitute for being there for your children. As much as you can, try to gift them with time, rather than presents.

Children Want Traditions

Remember all of those heartfelt traditions your parents got so excited about over the holidays? Everyone has at least one that they can think of off the top of their head. They’re some of the fondest moments for most people, which is why creating traditions for your family is one of the most precious gifts you could possibly give.

Like a timeless heirloom, those traditions will be passed from generation to generation, forever threading your family legacy together with strings of hope and joy.

Children Want Love

More than anything else, though, your children just want your unconditional love. Presents are lovely. Time is better. But love is what prevails above all else.

As a parent, it can be hard to accept everything that your child does. But does that ever mean you don’t love them? Absolutely not. The love of a parent should always be unconditional, and when you’re able to give that gift to your children, nothing else matters. Through that love, you can raise strong, independent, forward-thinking individuals who know how to love others deeply and pursue their dreams.

There is no greater present than that.

Tracey and Kimberly EatonWhat Children Want More Than Presents


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  • Jamie - April 8, 2017 reply

    So true! Amazing post!

  • Andrea - April 8, 2017 reply

    Thank you Tracey & Kimberly!

  • Andrea - April 8, 2017 reply

    Thank you, Tracey & Kimberly!

  • Tara - April 8, 2017 reply

    Great post – thanks!

  • Ryan - April 9, 2017 reply

    Get post!! I love the advice!!!

  • Will - April 11, 2017 reply

    Great advice! Thank you!

  • Monica - April 11, 2017 reply

    Great reminder! Thank you!

  • Joe - April 11, 2017 reply

    PRESENTS vs. PRESENCE – I see what you did there!

  • Wayne - April 11, 2017 reply

    Hey brother- your thoughts are truth and you live them out! Thank you for taking the time to have a heartfelt talk with my daughter and loving on her. You are a great example of “Father Power”!

  • Sarah - April 12, 2017 reply

    I love this, not talked about enough! This is so great!

  • Jeff - April 13, 2017 reply

    Good stuff! I loved your book on parallelograms as well.

  • Geoff - April 14, 2017 reply

    Great advice from great parents

  • Jim mott - April 15, 2017 reply

    Awesome advice

  • Josh - April 17, 2017 reply

    You guys live this life and truly represent it everyday!! Love you guys

  • Donita - April 18, 2017 reply

    Great piece. We have had this conversation about traditions at our house, I definitely think traditions help children feel secure. Thanks!

  • Samuel E. Coffey - April 21, 2017 reply

    True story love you guys!

  • Kari - April 24, 2017 reply

    So good! Thank you for sharing this!

  • Michelle P. - April 26, 2017 reply

    Thank you for being amazing examples of Present Parents. Your example is truly inspiring! <3

  • Nicole - April 27, 2017 reply

    Very true! Thanks for the great article.

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  • Willi - June 9, 2017 reply

    I love this. Thanks for posting!

  • Cody - June 17, 2017 reply

    Great Post! Thanks for the insights.

  • Bobby - July 29, 2017 reply

    Could not agree more.

  • Shayla - September 1, 2017 reply

    Thank you for teaching us what intentional living is all about!

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