Gift Exchange and Giving Goats

  Every year I attend several parties that host a “fun” gift-exchange game. I bring a $5-$15 wrapped gift and put it in a pile along with everyone else’s offerings. Then I get to unwrap a $5-$15 gift that someone else brought. Yay! Or not. OK, I get that Christmas has turned into a holiday […]

What Your Kids Can Teach You About Altruism

‘Tis better to give than to receive…. but does this apply to kids? Our impulse, especially during the holidays, is often to spoil them to the greatest extent possible. Retailers have us convinced that Christmas is all about kids and their enjoyment of consumer goods. Child development experts talk to us about cultivating an altruistic […]