An Ethical Legacy
Are you looking to give your child something really special this holiday season? Perhaps you are thinking in terms of whatever the current “must have” toy may be. Well, keep in mind that whatever that toy may be, it probably will end up in a closet collecting dust within a few weeks. Instead, I urge you to give your little one an ethical legacy that will last a lifetime.
Ever since I can remember, when the holiday season came around, my mother would enlist my sister and me in making delectable candies. They were simple semi-sweet chocolate balls that were rolled in nuts, sprinkles, or powdered sugar. Even as toddlers and preschoolers we were able to participate in the manufacturing process and had a ton of fun doing so.
We always made enough to fill 12 decorated tins. We were allowed to keep two so we could indulge in the treats over the holidays. But the other 10 we were required to give away to neighbors, fire and police stations, nursing homes, or even strangers on the street.
My sister and I loved making those candies, and we loved eating them. But what we loved even more was the feeling we got from the reaction of those to whom we gave them. We learned that you will feel even more satisfied if you make sure that those around you are not wanting. And that lesson in charity was infinitely more delightful and far more enduring than any toy we may have received.
Michael K. Meyerhoff, Ed.D. (a.k.a. “Dr. Mike”) is a member of the management team at Romp n’ Roll. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Columbia University, he earned his master’s and doctorate degrees in human development from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he also held a position as a researcher with the Harvard Preschool Project. He may be contacted via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.