Now that we are in the midst of the holiday season, many of us not only took advantage of Black Friday, Cyber Monday and every other sale that we could get our hands on, many of us also looked, and are still looking, for ways that we can contribute to others. There are many that may not have money to hit the stores or have huge meals to prepare for the holidays or even a home to go to each night during these winter months. As parents. it’s important for us to show our children that the holidays (and every day) are about more than just getting toys and eating food. It’s about helping others, giving back and being truly appreciative for what they have. Here are 5 ways to help your little ones put the “giving” back into the holidays:
1. Set an example- It all starts with YOU! Parents are the first example, so set a good one. Be hands on. Get involved so that philanthropy will come naturally.
2. Make it fun- Volunteering and charity don’t have to be cumbersome and boring. Make it fun. Kids can help make the food that you prepare for a food drive or pick out toys that are going to be donated.
3. Build it in- If volunteering before you slice the turkey or open the gifts is what your family does every year, then it becomes much easier for your child to understand the importance and also pass down the tradition to his own family one day.
4. Explain the importance- When your child is old enough, help her understand the importance of helping others. Build a strong base for compassion and understanding in your children so that they will have a more natural need and desire to help others without being prompted.
5. Follow their lead- If your child comes to you with an idea about how they can help other people, don’t dismiss it. Do everything you can to help bring that idea into fruition. Show your child how hard work can pays off and one idea can benefit so many people.
What are some ways that you can teach your child to put the “giving” back into the holidays?