Want to know what the popular gifts for kids are this holiday* season?

Give this video 2 minutes of your time and you’ll have an answer.

Ikea asked kids ages 7-12 what they most wanted from the 3 Kings (it’s a video from Spain) ;-). Their answers were recorded.

Then Ikea asked what they most wanted from their parents.

Honestly, I was surprised.

Please don’t read further —- take 90 seconds to watch this.

In my book Momifesto: 9 Practices for Phenomenal Moms, I included Practice #6: We Create Powerful Family Memories. This practice explained, through scientific research, how significant to children’s development fun, tradition, and celebration are.

Spending time doing things together that they can count on. So they know what to expect. So they feel safe. And loved. And tickled.

Above the stuff, they want us. Over and over they say it in ways we may miss (consider “bad” behavior might be a signal they need time, or they try to talk to us and we’re on Facebook, or at dinner, we dismiss their words and focus on the food). We don’t have enough time, we have to spend time parenting and teaching and shaping character. Right? It happens. I’ve done it a million times over until I figured out I was missing the boat.

It’s a pretty big boat. 😉

Once it became obvious that a little extra time solved 1,000,000,000 other problems, life became a lot less complicated and a lot more fun. You didn’t hear this from me, but 3 nights ago I actually chased my teen Jordan threatening to tickle him. He’s a foot taller than me and ran to the couch like he was 5 years old. We laughed harder than we did in weeks and although I threatened in a high pitch voice “tickle, tickle, tickle” he realized after a few minutes he could over power me and stop it all – but he let it go on.

I used to think the younger kids couldn’t put words to what they wanted –  but I was wrong. This video expresses it perfectly.

Ok. So, find a few of the most popular gifts for kids this year  – but don’t leave out the most priceless gifts possible: you, a few tickles and your time.  😉

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*I intend holiday to include moms celebrating a variety of holidays this season.