Do Nothing

I recently read an article about how spoiled American kids are. The great number of possessions they possess at such a young age. How we as parents are yearning for our kids approval instead of the other way around. The article gave props to the French for ignoring a child so they learn to deal with frustration. While I agree how unnecessary the piles of toys are around my house I can’t help but think that ignoring a child is the very extreme opposite of spoiling a child. My fear is that many children today are already ignored and to appease guilt parents pile on the toys that will keep them so busy they won’t realize their parents absence. So I propose that for a window of time during a day do nothing with your child while sitting right next to them. Sit on the porch and watch the cars go by. Lay on a blanket and watch the clouds float by. Sit by a lake and watch the swans. Talk and listen, but mostly listen. Do nothing.

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