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ID Holiday Shopping Advice: “Presence” Instead of Presents

November 28, 2008

Boise, ID – The holiday shopping season is in full swing and, as Idaho parents juggle tighter budgets, they're being encouraged to think more about creative gift-giving, including the "gift" of time spent with the kids.

Barbara Nicholson, co-founder of Attachment Parenting International, she suggests adults look at this year as an opportunity to get back to basics with kids: play board games, craft homemade holiday gifts, set up a neighborhood tag football game, and visit the library.

"There are wonderful insights and strategies to teach our children about the fun ways to play, without having material things."

Research confirms there are intellectual, emotional and social benefits for children who spend unstructured, one-on-one time with their parents, according to Nicholson. Even when the economy recovers, she hopes parents will keep that in mind.

"Who knew that our economy would be giving us the opportunity to really give parents some insight?"

Nicholson says family budget crises can cause stress in children, so it's important that parents present a calm and positive view. She notes that studies show that how parents react is a model for how children will react to stressful situations.

Attachment Parenting International has additional tips on ways to build strong families at
attachmentparenting.org.

Deborah Smith/Deb Courson, Public News Service - ID