The giving tree -- for real

Filed under: Preschoolers, Development/Milestones: Babies, Playground Bureau

\This is truly one of the most beautiful things I've seen on the Internet in months.

My friend Marla sent me notification about a real-life Giving Tree in Denmark -- a large tree in a public park in the beautiful city of Copenhagen. The tree wears hundreds of gifts from children: beloved binkies, cherished blankets, personal items with heartfelt letters. And here's why: when a child outgrows a comfort item like a pacifier, his or her parents can suggest "giving it to the tree." It marks a transition and a rite of passage and provides the child with the comfort of knowing that friendly tree has his or her special possession.

Background on the story of the tree can be found here, but make sure you click through to the photoset on Flickr. I'd be lying if I said they didn't make me tear up, just a little. What a wonderful idea.

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.