The LEGO company is getting big props from the internet this week for bestowing an amazing gift on a little boy with autism. Ten-year-old James Groccia had been saving for two years for the LEGO set of his dreams only to find out it had been retired from the market. When he sent the company a letter, the Secret Santas there dug around in their archives and sent him the $250 collectible totally free.
Wowza! Makes me happy to be a LEGO customer for sure. But can we talk about the elephant in the room here?
A kid saved for two years to get something he wanted!? In 2012, that's practically unheard of!
We live in a society where the new rule of parenting seems to be "they see something, they get something." And if you don't spoil your kids with every new gadget, you're somehow doing it wrong -- or so it would seem if you read the diatribes on the Internet against parents who don't subscribe to the instant gratification method of parenting.
I, on the other hand, appreciate the way James Groccia's parents are raising their son. The 11-year-old has Asperger's, and he takes part in a LEGO club as part of his therapy. That's wonderful! But it doesn't mean it's his parents' job to go out and buy their son every LEGO set under the sun.
It's tempting, I know. Especially right now, with the holidays approaching and our kids begging for everything under the sun. I went Black Friday shopping with my daughter in tow, and it was hard to remind myself that she doesn't "need" everything she asks for.
There are so many powerful things to be learned in requiring our kids to save for big purchases -- now and then, I'm not saying every single thing. They learn that sometimes you lose interest in what you thought you "had to have." They learn that victory is sweeter when you work hard for it. They learn that sometimes there are good people in this world who appreciate your hard work ... like the people at LEGO who were moved by James Groccia saving for two years for the Emerald Knight set he always wanted.
They didn't just send this set to "anyone," they sent it to a kid who really deserved it.
Just check out the smile on this little guy's face:
Don't you want that for your kids?
Do you make them save for big items they really want?
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