The end of the school year is in my opinion the best time to model the best way to celebrate our personal accomplishments as well as others.
Our children have been working so hard all year long at school and at their after school classes. We parents are so emotional at this time of year, so proud of them and often amazed at their talents and achievements.
Many parents buy their child a big end of year gift being sure that all their love, appreciation and praise are rapped up in this gift.
I would like to share other ways to appreciate your child which align with your values as parents.
1) Strengthen intimacy: take your child to a special dinner, show, or on a trip. Spend quality time with him doing something special to mark the end of the school year.
2) Write your child a letter, a poem, a sketch describing his evolvement since the beginning of the year, his achievements, and how proud you are of him.
3) Make a scrapbook or a buy digital frame and put all his school year pictures there.
As you can see the key here is you taking time and effort to create something for your child that will be meaningful for him and that will make your connection stronger.
By choosing to focus on the relationship and on your child’s great qualities you are modeling that showing love and appreciation is indeed support for a year of accomplishments. Demonstrating those feelings with a gift, while one way to communicate that love and pride, is less important than the relationship and the verbal and non verbal communication.
The next post will shed perspective on end of year teachers’ gifts.