When my wife and I started our family, we came up with a system.  One of us would go to bed early, and the other one would take care of the baby. 1:00 am was transition time.  The early shifter would come to bed and when the baby woke up the next time, it was the early sleeper’s job to get up. It worked for us.

I have a friend who never got up.  He traveled for work, had to leave at all hours.  He and his wife agreed that she would get up with the baby so her husband would not fall asleep on the road the next day.  That worked for them.

Some people I know get their children three gifts for Christmas, since that’s how many presents the baby Jesus got. Some people I know have an equal gifting rule for their children.  For every toy that comes into the house, an equal number of toys need to be given away.

I don’t care how you do it.  I don’t care if you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or just celebrate because the American marketing machine compels you to. Please take time this season to teach your children that life is not all about them. It is never too early to start.

The earlier we teach children to be kind, the better chance we have that they’ll be kind adults.

And wouldn’t it be nice to have a little more kindness around?

One thought on “It’s for the children, DAMN it!

  1. Oh, Patrick……….you are SO spot on!!! I think kindness is one of the greatest virtues that one can possess. And you learned from two of the best! Keep blogging…

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