Want to give your kiddo something truly memorable? These offerings are way better than an expensive plaything!


When you think of gifts, the images that pop into your mind would be snazzily wrapped items presented on birthdays or at Christmas. Even as an adult, it’s thrilling to receive gifts. After all, it’s a kick to know that someone took the time and effort to prepare a gift for you.

Your children won’t have another relationship during their lifetime that will have such a significant influence on them as the one you’re forging now. Anyone can give him a toy, but only you can offer something that will truly impact their lives and change them forever.

Here are great “gift” ideas to consider!

1. Love

Shower bubba with all the love you can, because he’ll remember this for the rest of his life. Your unconditional love helps to keep his mental health and body in good shape, too. Hugs and kisses are free, so why stint on this for your little one? Telling him “I love you and having him say it back to you every night before he sleeps is a great practice, too. Don’t forget to show the love to your spouse and yourself as well!

2. A sense of security

It’s very important for your little one to feel secure. He needs to know that he has a safe place to return to every day, where he will be loved and protected. Your home environment plays a big part in shaping your sprout as he grows, so ensure that it’s a positive and happy one. Do also let your child know that you’ll always have his back, so that he knows he can rely on you.

As a parent, remember to praise your tot when he does well… What you say to him won’t just shape the way he views himself, it’ll give him confidence.

3. Support

When you are young, any praise or encouragement means a lot, especially when it’s from someone you love and look up to. As a parent, remember to praise your tot when he does well in a particular area. What you say to him won’t just shape the way he views himself, it’ll give him confidence. And when you commend him, make sure to give the reason, too. Elaborate instead of just saying “good job”. For example, try “That was nice of you to think of your sisters when you bought the sweets. I love that you are so thoughtful.” This way, junior will understand why you are praising him.

4. Kindness

Give your child the gift of kindness. Treat him and the people around you with kindness and compassion, as kids learn from example. If he sees you offering help to an old lady while crossing the road, sharing your umbrella with another person on a rainy day, or even just purchasing cat food for the stray cat hiding in the bushes, he will grow up showing kindness to others as well.

5. Optimism

It’s way more fun to be positive than to be live life with a jaundiced eye. Nobody likes hanging out with someone who is always negative and has a bad attitude. Don’t be pessimistic in front of your kid and always try to be upbeat. Staying optimistic and happy helps keep you young and healthy, too.

6. Opportunities

Give your little learner the opportunity to explore his likes and dislikes. Don’t hinder or restrict his activities just because you “think” he won’t enjoy a particular activity. Let him try it out, if he doesn’t like it then that is fine. He needs to experiment and experience various things before finding something that he likes. Let him make mistakes, too. It’s better that your peewee makes mistakes when he is young, so that he can learn from them. Don’t scold him for every slip-up he makes.

7. Imagination

Your little champ’s unlimited imagination is important to him. Albert Einstein once said, “Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” This is the only time his young mind is open and free from adult intentions, so let it run free. To encourage his creativity, draw, paint or build things with him. You’ll bond with your kiddo when you spend time together.



8. Time

Give junior your time and attention before he grows up, as you can never reclaim or rewind time. Treasure it and do all the activities you want to do with him, such as riding a bike at your nearby park or going to the ice-cream shop for a yummy frozen treat. You can discuss the latest show you guys are watching currently. When you spend time with junior, the message you’re sending to him is that he is important ― feeling loved and valued builds his self-esteem and fills him with a sense of happiness and completion.

9. Seeing beauty in everything

Let your tot know that there is beauty in everything and everyone. So, wake up early one weekend to catch the sunrise at the beach, or spend a few moments at night looking up at the sky to spot the stars and look at the moon. Let your kiddo know that there is beauty in things that most people take for granted every day.

10. Sense of fun

Let your little monkey know that no matter how old he gets, there will always be stuff to get excited about, so never lose your own sense of fun. As he views the world through your eyes Learn to take things less seriously ―this will teach your kiddo that life is enjoyable and to make the most of every day.

Honesty is an important life value to instil in him from young as it helps him develop character and self-esteem.

11. Humour

A sense of humour and the ability to see the funny or lighter side of life defuses tough situations. Not only do you connect with each other when you laugh together, a sense of humour also makes kids healthier and better able to cope with challenges.

12. Honesty

Be honest with bubba, so that he will be truthful with you and others as well. Honesty is an important life value to instil in him from young as it helps him develop character and self-esteem.

13. Perseverance

Junior will face rejection and disappointment many times in life, so encourage a “never say die” attitude early on. Life won’t always be a walk in the park, so the determination to try, try and try again is an important trait to instil in him. Even if he experiences failure multiple times, show him it’s important to get back on his feet and give it another go. As famous American football coach Vince Lombardi once said, “Winners never quit and quitters never win!”

14. Experiences

Let your mini-me explore things with you and offer him the gift of experience. Family holidays overseas let him experience new cultures and sights he won’t find in Singapore. Pique his sense of wonder and support him in his journey of discovery. These experiences and memories will remain etched in his mind for a long time and even impart values he will carry with him for the rest of his life. He’ll also have fond family holiday memories to treasure when he grows up.

15. Contentment

A person does not have to be rich, or possess everything in his life to be happy. You and kiddo can be contented with what you have. While he should always strive to improve himself, make sure you don’t push him to be greedy for things that are not his. Teach him how to make the most out of what he has, and that more does not always mean better.

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