How to Show Kids the Importance of Giving
The holiday season is about being thankful for what you have and helping others. It’s easy to lose sight of this. As the holidays approach, kids are mostly thinking about all the gifts they want.
So how do you help your child develop a sense of giving without expectation of return?
Here are 10 things you can do this holiday season:
1. They can go through the their closets and find clothing and toys that they have outgrown. Donate them to a local charity that helps families in your town.
2. Talk to them about donating some of the money in their piggy bank to one or more charities. Help them research the different charities and let them decide which one(s). You could agree to match their donation to the charity they choose.
3. As a family decide to forego a certain thing that you do over the holiday that costs money and instead donate that money to a charity that you all choose together. For example, if you always go to a movie or skiing on the day after Thanksgiving, stay home and play a board game together instead. Donate what you would have spent.
4. Bake some cookies and take them to your local fire or police station along with a handmade thank you letter.
5. Get involved with a food drive. Go grocery shopping with your kids and have them help you pick out food that they think other families would like. Then take them to donate it at a food bank in your town. Volunteer your time to help stock shelves or make food deliveries to the families.
6. Donate to a toy drive such as Toys For Tots. Have the kids go shopping with you and help pick out a new toy they think another child would like.
7. Help elderly neighbors. As a family, you can go rake their leaves or do other work around their house.
8. Make a holiday gift box with thank you letters for service men and women overseas. There are a number of organizations that can help you do this. Here are two: AnySoldier.com and OperationShoeBox.com
9. Help out at an animal shelter or humane society. You can also take food to donate.
10. Last but not least, help them with gift ideas for all your family members. They should put some thought into it and come up with things that they think others will really enjoy. Homemade gifts are great. In fact, parents and grandparents probably prefer gifts of their artwork to store-bought gifts anyway.