Blog Entry:

What’s Inside Your Child’s Box?

April 02, 2013

Boxes come in all shapes and sizes….

Antique box 
Plastic box  
Crayon box 
Mailbox  
Gift box
Lunch box
Tool box
Tackle box
Xbox
Treasure box
Game box
Sewing box

As a little girl, I remember building a camper for my dolls out of a box from the grocery store I put on top of the little red wagon.

When my twin sons were two, they became a pair of leopards riding in Noah’s ark when I put a large box on top of their stroller for Halloween. I cut window openings and added shingles to the roof! Two sides of an appliance box were cut in the shape of the ark and tied onto the stroller. 

For my sons’ eighth birthday we had a pirate’s party in the cul de sac. Two refrigerator boxes became pirate ships for a race in the street-turned-ocean.

Boxes are important. Boxes open the imagination to possibilities beyond the moment. What’s inside the boxes is even more important.

What about the box in your child’s hand? Does the box you’ve just put in your child’s hand:

• Build character?
• Engage his imagination?
• Help her learn a new skill?
• Bring you closer together as a family?

If you can’t answer yes to at least one of these questions, then maybe you’re putting the wrong box in your child’s hand!! 

From Raising Respectful Children in a Disrespectful World we learn, "You must be willing to expend the energy, time, and effort to engage your children's imaginations, rather than just offering entertainment to pacify their boredom."

The next time you give your child a box, of any kind, ask yourself what’s really inside that box!

From my heart to yours,

Jill

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