Accountable Kids News

December 2006


Merry Christmas

In this issue...

·  Book of the Month

·  Three Wise Gifts

·  Introducting the Book Corner

·  Family of the Month: The Kimball Family

·  Just A Thought

Three Wise Gifts

santaOne Christmas we were feeling financially and mentally overwhelmed with the frenzy of gift giving. I was reading a book about holiday traditions and learned of one family’s idea that refocused time and attention to the spirit of Christmas. The parents gave their children three simple gifts, just as Jesus received three gifts from the Wise Men. We gathered together and talked about starting this tradition in our own family. Everyone agreed that this tradition would help us focus on other aspects of Christmas and free up time and money for the entire family.

The new tradition was welcomed by all. We knew exactly when our shopping was complete, the girls quickly stopped asking for every new toy they saw, and there was an absence of panic that often flooded our December days. Everyone began to think more about the gifts they were giving rather than receiving. The three gifts are not wrapped, but rather set out in the living room on Christmas morning. We still placed presents from grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins, friends, and neighbors under our tree and the kids receive a stocking with basic items like socks, batteries, and new toothbrushes.

This has become one of our favorite holiday traditions. We love the simplicity of our gift giving and the peace that has filled our home. We often hear our kids telling others how they receive three gifts at Christmas, just like Jesus. It has led to many inspiring questions from our children.

Introducting the Book Corner

readingAccountable Kids is continually introduced to great children’s books that touch our hearts through simple and inspiring messages. In 2007 the Accountable Kids web-site will offer a Book Corner where parents can share their favorite books and find new favorites to bring into the home. We will also provide links to sites that offer good prices, discounts, or coupon codes to our customers. We invite you to visit our Book Corner to discover new books, learn new stories, and share your favorite books with other families.

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Family of the Month: The Kimball Family

rollerWe love the Accountable Kids program! Before we started I was always constantly reminding our four boys what needed to be done. I felt like I was always getting after them. It was exhausting! We started the program more than a year ago and it has been AWESOME! They know just what needs to be done! I'm not the nagging mother anymore! It's so nice to have a routine! The boys love being in charge of their jobs, and their time!

We also really love the special dates! We had been wanting to do this for awhile, but never seemed to fit it in. We love that they get to earn the dates. It's great because now we schedule in the one-on-one time. It's now a priority! They count down how many days they have left before they earn their next special date. They plan each one out days in advance. It's a real joy!

One evening my 6 year old son was really looking forward to the next day. He had big plans with his friends. I heard some bustling right before bedtime and went in his room. There he was dressed in his clothes for the next day. He had combed his hair and had carefully placed his toothpaste and toothbrush on his dresser. His room was clean and his bed was made. I got a good laugh out of that!

I told him that was really great, but that he'd probably need his hair combed again after sleeping on it. So he put the squirt bottle and comb on the dresser as well. He did decide it was okay to put his pajamas on and sleep in his bed. We love this program! It has been fabulous!
Rachelle Kimball

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Just A Thought

“We tend to forget that happiness doesn't come as a result of getting something we don't have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.”
Frederick Keonig


It is going to be a great day!


Book of the Month

Giraffes Can't Dance Giles Andreae

Gerald learns to dance to his own beat. Issues include overcoming obstacles, discovering individual talents and feeling good about oneself.


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