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What do your children talk about most during the holiday season, receiving gifts or giving them? Each Christmas season I see parents on Facebook asking for opportunities to teach their children about generosity. Like me, these parents want to help their children to see giving as something beautiful and an essential part of the holidays. In order for kids to be even the least bit interested in becoming more interested in giving than receiving, parents must do three things: talk about it, show examples and be an example, and make it fun. I am sharing how to do that.
The act of giving can be shown and taught to children of any age. I have come up with a list of 15 ways to encourage kids to give back this holiday. Here’s a peek of my most recent article for Educents:
15 Ways to Encourage Kids to Give Back this Holiday
- Take a gift or meal to someone who has to work during the holidays, i.e. police officers, firemen, and women, nurses, doctors, etc.
- Visit a nursing home and spend time with the residents. Sing carols, make crafts or just sit and converse.
- Pack lunches and hand them out to homeless individuals on streets.