The Box is Still the Best Part
Adults the world over have wondered what was wrong with the gift they chose after they watch the child receive it joyfully and 5minutes later be captivated not by the toy, but by the box it came in… I sometimes wonder, would my children be just as blessed if all I gave them was a bunch of wrapped boxes? It’s not the fact that the box looks better or that the box is cooler or that they got a box just like Jimmy down the street. The box (as funny as it sounds) allows a child to step out of the box and get creative. The possibilities are endless when all you have is a box – build with it, fill it, pull it apart and use it for a roof over another box house. The imagination is the limit and the child becomes the architect, the astronaut, the artist, the shopkeeper or the banker, the designer of a new way of doing things or being.
Isn’t the very essence of who we are to create and to be masters of our lives?
This is the gift of a box – to empty expectation and simply watch as our children do what they are best at. And that may not be what we expect! Our children don’t need us to be managers, they need leaders who inspire them to be more than they think, coaches who remind them they can do what has until now been called impossible, Mums and Dads who allow them to be bigger than the box of our expectations. Have fun exploring the possibilities with your little people and watch them expand their world!