Hello fellow Giver’s Log readers! I have been a fan of dear Amber’s site since the beginning, and I am so thrilled that she has asked me join her.
For my first post, I wanted to share a really small, but meaningful, gift my son received last year.
A few months after I had my second baby, I was running errands with my oldest child. I think he was still in the my-world-was-just-majorly-rocked mode after the birth of our baby, and he was having an especially hard time at the store. While we were waiting in line to check out, a woman came up to us and pulled a toy motorcycle out of her purse and asked my son if he likes motorcycles. (He does. A lot.) She gave him the motorcycle and it immediately calmed him down and bought me enough time to get out of the store with a little grace. (I should note: she asked me if it was ok if she gave my son the toy before she approached him. It’s always a good idea to check in with the Mama/Daddy before giving a stranger-child something, no?) I was (am!) so appreciative of this woman. We still have the motorcycle, and even though my son has since broken off the handlebars, it’s still a favorite and gets plenty of play time.
So here’s my challenge to you: find a little toy or activity that you can stow in your handbag and give it to a child you see that is having a rough time in a store (or anywhere else that you see a parent who could use a moment of distraction for their child).
For my own purse, I chose these cute scratch art papers, but I think anything that would keep a child busy for a few minutes would be appreciated: stickers, a notepad + a crayon or two, small cars, a little book, a wind-up toy, etc. The goal is to find something that costs only a few quarters and slips into your bag easily. (Because if you’re anything like me, you’re lugging around a lot already!)
I bought six scratch art papers at Michaels for $1. (And apparently they are a hit with the kids. Do you see my son drooling over them?) If you don’t already have something at home that fits the bill, try places like Target’s Dollar Spot or any dollar store for tiny trinkets that would do the trick.
You could skip this step, but if you get a moment wrap the little gift. I think half the fun of getting a present is in the unwrapping, especially for a child. And who knows–maybe the wrapping will be the funnest part to play with!
Okay, okay, son. You can have one. Scratch away.
Hey, it even works at home! My son kept at this activity for awhile. Time well spent, I’d say.
If you accept my challenge, please stop by and let me know how it goes. I’d love to hear your stories.