3 Amazing Gifts You Give Your Child That Cost Nothing

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.

Glen and Joya Baker3 Amazing Gifts You Give Your Child That Cost Nothing


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  • Trent - April 1, 2017 reply

    Great article with a lot of great points!!

    Connie - May 13, 2017 reply

    Watching your children is an inspiration!

  • Kay Nice - April 2, 2017 reply

    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!

  • Eric - April 2, 2017 reply


  • Bernadine - April 4, 2017 reply

    Love this!

  • Jenn - April 4, 2017 reply

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

  • Duke P. - April 4, 2017 reply

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

  • Aaron - April 4, 2017 reply

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

  • Ravi Stephen - April 4, 2017 reply

    We have three children… Very helpful

  • ashlee - April 4, 2017 reply

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

  • Nakita - April 4, 2017 reply

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

  • Matt - April 4, 2017 reply

    Great blog, I couldn’t agree more!

  • Tina - April 4, 2017 reply

    Legacy. Awesome info.

  • Alex - April 4, 2017 reply

    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!

  • Albert Lopez - April 4, 2017 reply

    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!

  • Angelica - April 4, 2017 reply

    Great points!

  • Shannon Klie - April 4, 2017 reply

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

  • Shawna - April 4, 2017 reply

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

  • LaNeisha - April 4, 2017 reply

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

  • Ravi - April 4, 2017 reply

    We have 3 kids, this is good stuff
    Thank you

  • Brenna - April 4, 2017 reply

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

  • Brenna - April 4, 2017 reply

    Great article, this is perfect!

  • Bill - April 5, 2017 reply

    Great article!

  • Harry & Tina - April 5, 2017 reply

    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

  • Eddie - April 5, 2017 reply

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

  • Rebecca - April 5, 2017 reply

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

  • Rachel Wendland - April 5, 2017 reply

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

  • JESS - April 5, 2017 reply

    Thank you for this truth and encouragement!!

  • Jasmin - April 5, 2017 reply

    “…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!

  • Freddy - April 5, 2017 reply

    Great read! ????

  • Jasmin - April 5, 2017 reply

    “…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!

  • Jon - April 5, 2017 reply

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

  • Karlee - April 5, 2017 reply

    Wow! Love this message!

  • Silvia - April 5, 2017 reply

    So great! Thank you!

  • Chris - April 5, 2017 reply

    Great message!

  • Andrew - April 5, 2017 reply

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

  • Paul - April 5, 2017 reply

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

  • Kristin Nicole Gonzales - April 5, 2017 reply

    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.

  • Abdiel - April 5, 2017 reply

    Awesome Insight, loved article!

  • Aaron - April 5, 2017 reply

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

  • Troy - April 5, 2017 reply

    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.

  • Silvia - April 6, 2017 reply

    Quality time is so important! Great article!

  • Keri - April 6, 2017 reply

    Great read! Thanks for sharing!

  • Brandon - April 6, 2017 reply

    Definitely the top 3 most important. Great post??

  • Alisa - April 6, 2017 reply

    So true! This is great!

  • Teresa Alvizo - April 6, 2017 reply

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

  • Teresa Alvizo - April 6, 2017 reply

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

  • Steve - April 6, 2017 reply

    Great information. Thanks for sharing this.

  • Marilyn Kerr - April 6, 2017 reply

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

  • Christina - April 6, 2017 reply

    Great article

  • Wana - April 6, 2017 reply

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

  • Kitty - April 6, 2017 reply

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

  • Megan - April 6, 2017 reply

    love this!

  • Ariana - April 6, 2017 reply

    Great tips with a huge impact. Enjoyed this!

  • Joy Rivera - April 6, 2017 reply

    Awesome thats so insightful especially the gift of self esteem

  • Marcus - April 6, 2017 reply

    Very true.

  • Alma - April 7, 2017 reply

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

  • Araceli Herroz - April 7, 2017 reply

    Love, love this!

  • Araceli Herroz - April 7, 2017 reply

    Love ❤️ this!

  • Kristy - April 7, 2017 reply

    You have a great amount of knowledge and wisdom.

  • JoAnnie - April 8, 2017 reply

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

  • Arrianna - April 8, 2017 reply

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

  • Nicole - April 9, 2017 reply

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

  • Christy Slatton - April 10, 2017 reply


  • Randy - April 11, 2017 reply

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

  • Kayla - April 12, 2017 reply

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

  • Molly - April 12, 2017 reply

    Wonderful gifts! Thank you!

  • Jessica Edmonds - April 13, 2017 reply

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

  • Israel - April 14, 2017 reply

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

  • Samar - April 14, 2017 reply

    So on point! Great article!

  • Christina Jih - April 14, 2017 reply

    Excellent tips, well worth reiterating for our current generation!

  • Keoki - April 14, 2017 reply

    awesome article!

  • Michelle - April 14, 2017 reply

    Great advice. Thank you!

  • Arash Farahanchi - April 15, 2017 reply

    Amazing pearls of wisdom! Thank you!

  • Miles - April 15, 2017 reply

    great points!!

  • Ravi - April 17, 2017 reply

    I found this helpful

  • Stephanie - April 23, 2017 reply

    This is a great article!! <3

  • Ashley - May 5, 2017 reply

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

  • Andy - May 9, 2017 reply

    These gifts are far better than material items!

  • Crystal - May 12, 2017 reply

    Great advice!

  • Martha Foster - May 13, 2017 reply

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

  • Aleesha - May 13, 2017 reply

    Amazing wisdom!

  • Kaylynn - May 13, 2017 reply

    So great!

  • Bill Arellanes - May 13, 2017 reply

    Great share, keep posting on your awesome website!

  • Steve Mccloskey - May 14, 2017 reply

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

  • KMC - May 14, 2017 reply

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

  • Charity - May 14, 2017 reply

    Thanks for being such great models of raising children well!

  • Patrick - May 18, 2017 reply

    Phenomenal gifts!

  • Jillienne - May 21, 2017 reply

    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!

  • George - May 21, 2017 reply

    Love this article

  • Ricardo - May 26, 2017 reply

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

  • Megan T - June 19, 2017 reply

    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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