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3 Amazing Gifts You Give Your Child That Cost Nothing

by | Family

Throughout the year, there are countless opportunities to show our children that we love them through material gifts. There’s Christmas with its bountiful presents, Easter with its eggs and baskets, birthdays with their cakes and balloons, and countless other occasions where physical goods win out in the war for affection. But, the most impactful of gifts are the ones that last a lifetime. They’re the ones that can’t be bought at the store; they are earned through positive parenting.

There are at least three amazing gifts that you can give your child that cost absolutely nothing.

The Gift of Self-Esteem

First of all, one of the most amazing gifts that you can impart to your child is the gift of self-esteem. Though it’s not something that can be wrapped up and cinched with a bow, it’s truly one of the best presents you can give to your kids.

So, how do you give the gift of self-esteem? It starts and ends with letting your kids do things for themselves. It may be easier to cut their meat for them when they’re little, and it may be even easier (and less terrifying) to drive them everywhere when they’re teens. But, in the end, doing all of those things for your kids hurts them more than it helps either of you. When you let them try (and often fail) on their own, you inadvertently—and purposely—give them the gift of self-esteem.

The Gift of Quality Time

Time is money. Time is priceless. Time can be spent. Time can be wasted. But, when you spend quality time with your children, it’s never wasted. You never want for the money you could have earned when you were reading bedtime stories to your kids.

It only stands to reason, then, that one of the greatest gifts you could give your children is the gift of quality time. Though you could technically put a price tag on the time you spend with them, the experiences you’ll both have together are ultimately worth so much more than any wage could measure up to.

Quality time with your kids is worth the world.

The Gift of Imparted Wisdom

Last, but certainly not least, the gift of imparted wisdom is the ultimate gift that we all give our kids—whether we realize it or not. The wisdom that we place along are not always intentionally imparted, but all the same, just the way our parents taught us about the basic truths of life, so we teach our kids how to be better people.

In the end, we grace our kids with the best (free) gift of all: how to live a value-centered, meaningful life. We hope that they continue that tradition and leave their children with even greater wisdom than we could impart, and in that, we aim to make the world a better and better place with each generation.

The most amazing gift is the gift of a remarkable legacy.

92 Comments

  1. Trent

    Great article with a lot of great points!!

    • Connie

      Watching your children is an inspiration!

  2. Kay Nice

    Excellent advice and wisdom! Our children are our most precious legacy and we need to provide them with everything we can so they can succeed. thanks for sharing!

  3. Eric

    Awesome!

  4. Bernadine

    Love this!

  5. Jenn

    So blessed by your example!
    I love this!!!!

  6. Duke P.

    Really loved this and thank you for sharing your wisdom with those who are parents or parents to be!

  7. Aaron

    Amazing! All parents and future parents need to read this!

  8. Ravi Stephen

    We have three children… Very helpful

  9. ashlee

    amazing! thanks so much Glen and Joya for all you do to help leave the next generation with abundance!

  10. Nakita

    Time is $ I can’t agree more with you! Money is just a representation of the time we give to someone.

  11. Matt

    Great blog, I couldn’t agree more!

  12. Tina

    Legacy. Awesome info.

  13. Alex

    So simple yet not as common place as it once was. I myself will definitely be working on providing my kids with theses gifts daily! Thank you!

  14. Albert Lopez

    Our world is so disconnected that we don’t realize what we are doing to our children. I love that there are amazing people in the world still that recognize and ACT! To make an impact on our future! Great article and message, I love it!

  15. Angelica

    Great points!

  16. Shannon Klie

    My kids are my WHY. This is a great article, highly agree!

  17. Shawna

    Awesome! Lots of good parenting tips. Learned a lot. Great article?❤️

  18. LaNeisha

    These are the exact gifts we want to be able to give to our kids. Great article. Thanks for sharing!!!

  19. Ravi

    We have 3 kids, this is good stuff
    Thank you

  20. Brenna

    Great read and we have such great examples of legacy throughout the organization!

  21. Brenna

    Great article, this is perfect!

  22. Bill

    Great article!

  23. Harry & Tina

    Glen and Joya Baker,
    You are obviously living an amazing life and teaching others how get similar results!
    Thank you for sharing the path, map and compass!
    Your friends in the future,
    Harry and Tina

  24. Eddie

    Awesome. Great points that can be applied starting today. Thank you.

  25. Rebecca

    What an incredible perspective! Wonderful wisdom to help us raise up leaders!

  26. Rachel Wendland

    Quality time with family is something you can never replace! What a great message

  27. JESS

    Thank you for this truth and encouragement!!

  28. Jasmin

    “…how to live a value-centered, meaningful life.” This is definitely a huge part of the legacy we want to leave our kids. Thank you for sharing!

  29. Freddy

    Great read! ????

  30. Jasmin

    “…how to live a value-centered meaningful life.” That’s definitely a huge part of the legacy Henry and I want to leave our kids. Thank you for sharing!

  31. Jon

    We have one life to live. The most precious thing to leave our kids is a Legacy. Such a great topic!

  32. Karlee

    Wow! Love this message!

  33. Silvia

    So great! Thank you!

  34. Chris

    Great message!

  35. Andrew

    Being free parents to raise their kids for 20+ years clearly worked out well! The fruit on the tree speaks for itself 🙂

  36. Paul

    As a father of 4 amazing kids, this blog post hits a home-run with me. Very cool!

  37. Kristin Nicole Gonzales

    So thankful for mentors who have given me the tools to create the family dynamic and relationships I have always wanted. A wonderful article to read today.

  38. Abdiel

    Awesome Insight, loved article!

  39. Aaron

    I’m not a parent yet.
    I know for a fact though I’m going to do this for my kids!
    Thank you!

  40. Troy

    I love the point on quality time. It seems like most people have not been taught how to invest time, instead they just spend it.

  41. Silvia

    Quality time is so important! Great article!

  42. Keri

    Great read! Thanks for sharing!

  43. Brandon

    Definitely the top 3 most important. Great post??

  44. Alisa

    So true! This is great!

  45. Teresa Alvizo

    This Wisdom should be posted everywhere pregnant woman go for health care during their pregnancy and at the maternity ward.

  46. Teresa Alvizo

    This should be posted everywhere parents to be go for prenatal care and at hospitals

  47. Steve

    Great information. Thanks for sharing this.

  48. Marilyn Kerr

    Love this, amazing how relevant the words are no matter how old our kids are.

  49. Christina

    Great article

  50. Wana

    So true! Our children will remember what we instill in them more than what we buy for them.

  51. Kitty

    This is great. I love children and they are our future. What we give them now will shape our world later.

  52. Megan

    love this!

  53. Ariana

    Great tips with a huge impact. Enjoyed this!

  54. Joy Rivera

    Awesome thats so insightful especially the gift of self esteem

  55. Marcus

    Very true.

  56. Alma

    It’s such a blessing to have great examples like you!!!

  57. Araceli Herroz

    Love, love this!

  58. Araceli Herroz

    Love ❤️ this!

  59. Kristy

    You have a great amount of knowledge and wisdom.

  60. JoAnnie

    Totally agree! Great wisdom in these words. Thank you!!

  61. Arrianna

    So true! Kids definitely spell love, “T-I-M-E.”

  62. Nicole

    Yes! Love this. You guys never run out of ways to help my family

  63. Christy Slatton

    Absolutely!

  64. Randy

    The gift of spending time with your kids is priceless. We will never be able to get our time back once its gone.

  65. Kayla

    Yes. The ability to choose to spend time with our future babies is the biggest blessing I can imagine.

  66. Molly

    Wonderful gifts! Thank you!

  67. Jessica Edmonds

    In a time where everyone believes that materialistic items can buy love, this is a nice and refreshing post on what truly matters.

  68. Israel

    Wow! This article is a jewel. Thanks for sharing…it’s truly a great reminder!

  69. Samar

    So on point! Great article!

  70. Christina Jih

    Excellent tips, well worth reiterating for our current generation!

  71. Keoki

    awesome article!

  72. Michelle

    Great advice. Thank you!

  73. Arash Farahanchi

    Amazing pearls of wisdom! Thank you!

  74. Miles

    great points!!

  75. Ravi

    I found this helpful

  76. Stephanie

    This is a great article!! <3

  77. Ashley

    All often forgotten but a great reminder to slow down and be intentional on the mark that we leave in our children’s hearts!

  78. Andy

    These gifts are far better than material items!

  79. Crystal

    Great advice!

  80. Martha Foster

    I love this! Having two kids myself, these are great tips to apply to my parenting!

  81. Aleesha

    Amazing wisdom!

  82. Kaylynn

    So great!

  83. Bill Arellanes

    Great share, keep posting on your awesome website!

  84. Steve Mccloskey

    Love the three gifts you can give kids. I’m going to discuss this with my children to teach the grandchildren.

  85. KMC

    These gifts cost nothing to give but could cost the world if not given.

  86. Charity

    Thanks for being such great models of raising children well!

  87. Patrick

    Phenomenal gifts!

  88. Jillienne

    So simple and so profound! Thank you from sharing from your wisdom and experience about these gifts wee can give our children intentionally and daily!

  89. George

    Love this article

  90. Ricardo

    The “gift of self esteem” costs nothing and is truly priceless. Thank you for sharing.

  91. Megan T

    Sometimes it can feel so judged when I let my son try and fail while I watch and cheer him on. It’s so gratifying and hope-giving so see the results that this practice actually produces!

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