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TWU professor says time is a good gift during a bad economy


DENTON — News of the struggling economy seems to drown out the sounds of Christmas these days, but families can still have a happy holiday season by giving the gift of themselves.

Dr. Shann Hwa Hwang, associate professor of family sciences at Texas Woman’s University, said families still can use either their time or money to contribute to the economy. However, he said, with the current economic conditions, “maybe time will be more feasible.”

Time spent giving to others can be a precious gift: A family goes to a nursing home to sing and talk with residents; youth go to a shelter to serve a meal for the homeless; making phone calls to friends and family members. All these actions require giving more of ourselves and our time, but can mean so much more to others.

Children also can learn a valuable lesson during tough economic times. Dr. Hwang said a program in his son’s elementary school identifies students by numbers only, then gives the age and wish list of each child. Dr. Hwang said the child whose number his son drew asked for underwear.

“My son told my wife and me how sad he would be if he were in that situation,” Dr. Hwang said. In addition to buying underwear for the child, his son also gave money from his piggy bank. “When children learn to put themselves in others’ shoes, they become more grateful for what they have,” Dr. Hwang said.

“It’s important for parents to model behavior for their children,” he added. “We need to teach them that if there’s a family in need, we can do something to help — maybe something as simple as sending a card or preparing a meal.”



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Karen Garcia
Senior Writer
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e-mail: kgarcia@twu.edu


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