Can I brag about my kids? I'm going to anyway. Tonight I took them Christmas shopping at the big box store. I told them I would give them each one hundred dollars, and they could buy whatever they wanted, either for themselves or for other people. We each got a cart and went our separate ways.
Greg, age twelve, bought only gifts for other people. The tab came to $135, but I didn't mind, because I was so proud that he thought only of buying gifts for other people.
Jon, age thirteen, also spent $135, but again, I didn't mind, because with the exception of the latest Wolverine movie, he spent it all on other people.
These boys get it! It is way more fun to give than to receive!
It was a great lesson for Sara, age ten, who saw the happiness expressed by her brothers' spirit of giving gifts to others. We'll see if some of their unselfishness rubs off on her next year. This year all but one of her purchases were for herself, but she is and always has been a very unselfish girl. She did a good job of adding up her purchases and keeping the total right at $100.
Kudos also go to Colleen, who, thanks to the decision of the family court judge, is their custodial parent. She is doing a great job.