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No matter what religious holiday you celebrate, the end of the year is traditionally a time of giving gifts. It’s also a time when kids are writing long lists of things they have been dreaming about all year long.

They may give that list directly to you or the list may go through an intermediary like Santa Claus. Either way, most kids hope they’ll get much of what’s on the list, if not all of it.

In the 1983 movie A Christmas Story, the main character Ralphie, has his heart set on a Red Ryder Carbine Action 200-shot Range Model air rifle. Naturally, his mother is against the idea and tells him, you could shoot your eye out.

Ralphie will hear nothing of it and is consumed with the thought of the gun. He even imagines saving his family from dangerous criminals with his rifle and keen marksmanship.

Not every gift wish is as potentially life threatening in a mother’s view or heroic in the view of the child. Nevertheless, few kids get everything they want on their lists. Some get mundane things like socks and underwear along with their favorite picks. While they might really have needed these things, socks and underwear still aren’t the stuff dreams are made of.

How do you reconcile the Law of Attraction with these holiday wish-lists? Will the Law of Attraction bring kids their hearts’ desires or is it just another story they will no longer believe in when they get older?

Many teachers of the Law of Attraction focus on attracting material possessions and money. That makes it pretty easy to equate the power of the Law with that of Santa Claus. If you don’t get exactly what you want, it makes it pretty easy to dismiss as well. Especially when you’re told you have to think about what you want a lot and you still don’t get it no matter how hard you think.

Sometimes people assume that they must’ve done something wrong and that’s why they didn’t get the gift of their dreams. They feel they didn’t apply the Law right and didn’t wish hard enough. Once that happens, many stop believing in the Law.

The Law of Attraction doesn’t deliver you gifts because you’ve been good and it doesn’t withhold them because you did something wrong.

The Law works all the time. So why is it that kids aren’t buried under a sea of bicycles and everything else they desire?

The Universe has its own time table that is entirely independent of your personal calendar. It isn’t going to serve up your desires like you’re at McDonalds either. Sometimes you do get results quickly. Other times, things move more slowly like enjoying a fine meal at a fancy restaurant. Sometimes you actually have to take some action as if you’re buying groceries and cooking the food before you can eat it.

If your little Ralphie has his heart set on a particular gift, encourage him to tap into his Internal Guidance System (IGS) to help him know how he’ll get it. Maybe it will magically appear wrapped up and topped with a bow. Perhaps he’ll be inspired and think about ways he can earn the money to buy the coveted item himself. It may not happen overnight, but then again, maybe he’ll just win it in a contest. The possibilities are truly endless, and teaching your kids that all things are possible will empower them to know they are the creators of what they live and the timetable isn’t always up to them.

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© 2014. Sharon Ballantine. All Rights Reserved.

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