Like most parents I get a kick out of watching my kids open their Christmas gifts. At the Daunic house the IPod Nano's were a big hit. The kids had the headphones on for basically the rest of the day. We had the always comical scene where the kids would come in to the room to tell you how much they were enjoying the song, but talking in the unnecessarily loud voice because their headphones were still in. "Mom, I can even get VIDEOS on here!"
The gadgety gifts are always fun, but over the long haul you still can't beat the overall investment in a new ball of some sort. This year it was new basketball's for us. Just think about the hours we've all spent and the benefits of being outside (or inside) moving around with a ball. Just one soccer ball, football, etc. can make your day while with a group or alone. When you consider the physical activity that it provides, coupled with all of the incentives we have to stay inside with all of the TV, video games, etc. this is a pretty important thing. The investment in a ball can play a big role in how we turn out. It sure did for me.
It's easy to take that for granted, but this article made me think about that issue. There are areas in this world where just one soccer ball is a rare thing. Hard to believe but it is true. Read the article below about a movement designed to get more balls out to kids who need them. Think about the joy of your kids opening their presents while you do and how many hours you've spent with a soccer ball/football/baseball in your hands or at your feet. This cause may be a worthy one for you.
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