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December 2, 2013 at 7:30 PM

Give the gift of your time this holiday season

Foster healthier, more peacful homes and communities

‘Tis the season to make wise and loving choices about the gifts we give our children; choices that send a message about our hopes for them [“Lives changed: ‘We all have something to give,’ page one, Nov. 24].

We need to ask if our gifts encourage mental and emotional growth, while fostering healthier, more peaceful homes and communities.

There are many inexpensive books, puzzles, toys and games that encourage growth in these areas. But there is also a more precious gift, one that is affordable by everyone because it’s free: the gift of our time. Instead of purchasing a gift, why not present a certificate redeemable for time to read, hike, play or do a project together?

Let the kids choose how you’ll spend time together. Let them know their world is important to you. Your gifts of time bear no price tag, but they convey the true, priceless holiday spirit.

— Lin McJunkin, Conway

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