One of the newest crazes in gift-giving is personalized children’s music. It is not only entertaining but very educational. Kids just have a natural love of music, and learn best when they are having fun! We introduced our son Kailan to music and music classes at an early age. Science says music can help a child’s creativity and intelligence. When a child is sad, a good, energetic, and fun tune can cheer them up. A good tune can help make a long car ride more fun and a children’s party more memorable. Just think of all the songs we remember from our own childhood such as “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” or “Itsy Bitsy Spider”. Music is embedded in our culture and the earlier a child is exposed to music the more positive the impact can be.

Another great personalized gift is a personalized children’s book. In these books, the child’s name and friends names, along with their hometown are woven into the storyline. Personalized books are educationally sound because the writers and publishers understand the stages of childhood. When reading about a five-year-old boy, we see that he may be a little scared in an unfamiliar situation such as the three pigs moving to another house, but he finds that with his own friends and with the pigs’ support, being happy while going through a change can be fun. Personalization also reinforces a positive self-image and helps to build self-esteem. Young children live in worlds of their own making much of the time and that is a good thing. Many small kids have a group of imaginary friends to whom he speaks quite openly and regularly. These personalized books, which make the child part of, a spiritual or cultural story, are also very affirming for children. Too often, we only ask that children sit still and listen when they attend a church school or Bible class. Sitting still is very difficult for a young child and the publishers and writers of the good personalized books recognize these facts. By adding a child’s friends to the character lists, these books make young children feel parts of a larger whole and also that they are people with a purpose.

Personalized gifts such as these are great for making holidays, birthdays, and special occasions a time to remember and a keepsake for years to come.

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