What's a Great Gift to give your children?

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T-Bird started an interesting thread,

http://www.warriorforum.com/off-topi...ml#post8680793

which reminded me of a conversation with a part-time VA from the Philippines.

The 20-something girl had a 2 year daughter. We were relating different stories about children. Apparently in their culture, the elderly expect their children to take care of them financially.

I suggested that one of the best gifts that she could give her daughter was not to be dependent on her when "you are older."

I'd like your thoughts on what to give your children beyond what to teach them.

Or maybe, what were some of the best gifts that your parents gave you?

Just asking.

Joe Mobley





  • Profile picture of the author raniya
    i think if we make your childern a good human that will be the best gift any perants can give their childern.
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  • Profile picture of the author TLTheLiberator
    The book "The Richest Man In Babylon" is a good gift once the kid gets into their teens.
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  • Profile picture of the author travlinguy
    Teach kids to look past appearances. Church. Government. Big Business. The Media. Gurus of all flavors. None of them tell the truth consistently. Lots of causes and missions and charities are not what they appear to be. Teach your kids to think. Teach your kids to accept everything with a grain of salt and to investigate all things before getting involved. Having balance around that approach to life is the greatest gift because it brings peace of mind.
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    • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
      The best gift my parents ever gave me was themselves, their whole selves, their whole lives (after my birth of course, but they also shared with me events in their lives before my arrival whether it was for a lesson or a laugh).

      They shared their time with me, their thoughts, their emotions, their belief systems.

      They were my parents in every sense of the word, not just biologically and in name only.

      They helped mold and shape me into the woman I am today giving me the most solid of a foundation to build upon. I could not have asked them for more.

      The best thing you can give your children is you, all of you.

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  • Profile picture of the author MikeAmbrosio
    Your time and attention.
    Dignity.
    Humility.
    Confidence.
    Good work ethic.
    How to handle money.
    Communication skills.
    Love.
    Compassion.

    Take your pick - mix and match. Or give them all.
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    • Profile picture of the author MikeTucker
      Originally Posted by MikeAmbrosio View Post

      Your time and attention.
      Dignity.
      Humility.
      Confidence.
      Good work ethic.
      How to handle money.
      Communication skills.
      Love.
      Compassion.

      Take your pick - mix and match. Or give them all.
      MikeAmbrosio you just won the Internet.
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  • Profile picture of the author taskemann
    Something meaningful. Something that has been in the family for generations or something that YOU can give to your children one day.

    My grandfather, who had been a hobby knife-maker almost all his life for example, he made me a beautiful, traditional scandinavian knife when I was 10. He had spent weeks, or probaly months on it. He made everything by himself. Even the blade. The handle was made of layer on layer on layer with polished reindeer, moose and elk horn. And it had those beatiful silver details which he also had engraved by himself. Even on the leather sheath, he had put those beatuiful artwork silver decorations. Sadly, I lost that knife when my dad's house burnt down last summer. It was without a doubt the no 1. most precious materialistic thing I had.

    This is the closest thing I can find to it on the Internet. It looked much like the right one:

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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    Originally Posted by Joe Mobley View Post

    What's a Great Gift to give your children?
    A backgammon board and the complete set of all books ever written by Paul Magriel, Barclay Cooke and Bill Robertie.
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    • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
      Originally Posted by MissTerraK View Post

      The best gift my parents ever gave me was themselves, their whole selves, their whole lives...
      From time to time I can't help but wonder what my life would be like if I'd have had even half of that. For those who do, I hope you appreciate it, it's a priceless blessing.
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      • Profile picture of the author ePhil
        the best gift for your children is devoting time to stay with them.
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      • Profile picture of the author Joe Mobley
        http://www.warriorforum.com/off-topi...-most-out.html

        Originally Posted by Dennis Gaskill View Post

        From time to time I can't help but wonder what my life would be like if I'd have had even half of that. For those who do, I hope you appreciate it, it's a priceless blessing.
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        • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
          Originally Posted by Joe Mobley View Post

          Well, thanks Joe... it's not relevant, but I appreciate the gesture.
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          • Profile picture of the author Joe Mobley
            I thought of this as I was reading your post. Maybe the relevance, for me at least, is that we don't notice some of the great gifts we have. An imprisoned African woman encouraging a free man to make the most of his life.

            How many of us haven't?

            I don't know the cards you were dealt, but unless I missed my guess, you have played an excellent hand.

            Joe Mobley

            Originally Posted by Dennis Gaskill View Post

            Well, thanks Joe... it's not relevant, but I appreciate the gesture.
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      • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
        Originally Posted by Dennis Gaskill View Post

        From time to time I can't help but wonder what my life would be like if I'd have had even half of that. For those who do, I hope you appreciate it, it's a priceless blessing.
        I think you turned out to be a fine, upstanding, intelligent, witty and funny guy!

        If having "even half of that" would have made you even more awesome than that, I'm not sure how the rest of us could handle being in your company. :p


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  • Profile picture of the author Wolster
    My kids would like me to leave them my house as a gift.

    That's gonna be a hell of a lot of wrapping paper..
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    • Profile picture of the author Joe Mobley
      Just put the deed in an envelope. They'll be okay with that.

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      Originally Posted by Wolster View Post

      My kids would like me to leave them my house as a gift.

      That's gonna be a hell of a lot of wrapping paper..
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Ten
    I think one of the best gifts to give children is to not have any. That works for me personally and probably does not apply for everyone. To each their own.
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    • Profile picture of the author Joe Mobley
      Interesting.

      Maybe a great gift would be not to have them by accident.

      Or if you can't afford them.

      Or if you are still in high school.

      Or if ...

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      Originally Posted by Michael Ten View Post

      I think one of the best gifts to give children is to not have any. That works for me personally and probably does not apply for everyone. To each their own.
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    • Profile picture of the author thunderbird
      Originally Posted by Michael Ten View Post

      I think one of the best gifts to give children is to not have any. That works for me personally and probably does not apply for everyone. To each their own.
      I've considered your response. Not having a child is a personal and legitimate choice. However, the implication of your statement is that by having a child, someone is making the world worse for other children is certainly wrong in the case of my child. He brightens up the lives of children and adults alike that he interacts with and has brought smiles to the faces of many sullen people. I don't think they'd be better off if he didn't exist.
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  • Profile picture of the author AlistarWaugh
    A good parenting itself is a biggest gift to your children, give your "Time" to your kids as now days parents; both mom and dad are busy in their jobs they don't have much time to spend with their kids.
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  • Profile picture of the author ozzie2012
    I think that the greatest things that parents can give their children is their attention, time and love.
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