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Sunday, December 13, 2015

teaching our children the spirit of giving

I find it so important to teach our children to be kind, giving, generous and helpful.

This November we did something every week to support other people, to give of ourselves - money and time. Sometimes it's the little things that matter.

Here are a few things that we did in November:

My daughter took out the recycling. It's simple, but it's good for a 3 year old to learn that it is important to do this. We talked about helping our world, environment, earth and planet.

We picked up cupcakes at the store and had the bakery write on it "Thank you for helping." We delivered this to the police officers on the weekend of Halloween, knowing they'd be super busy! They were grateful at the station, and having my kids engage positively with police officers was so important.

We decorated cards for firefighters to thank them for saving others.

We wrote thank you notes to teachers and grandparents. My kids love being crafty so this was easy!

Here are a few things you could do with your children this holiday season to give back to others, teach them that it's good to share instead of always receive gifts.

  • donate a book to the library
  • bake cookies or pick up a cake for firefighters, police officers, post office, etc.
  • deliver treats or a new book for waiting room at pediatrician's office
  • write thank you notes to people who help us
  • send in cards to school teachers, or flowers
  • deliver carnation flowers to nursing home folks or read stories to them
  • purchase gifts for families in need through a local church or school, bank, etc.
  • go to the Dollar Tree and let kids pick out gifts for each other or parents 
  • purchase cat food, litter, dog treats or toys, blankets, etc. for animal shelters or go in and pet the animals to show them love 
  • pick up trash at the playground 
  • purchase items to donate to the food pantry or offer to work a meal
  • purchase items like diapers, wipes, formula, etc. to drop off to a local homeless shelter
  • send cards to the homeless shelter for kids and families to receive 
There are endless possibilities in how you can help others! Teaching our kids the concepts of sharing, kindness, patience, and generosity are so important all year round, but particularly this time of year. 

Happy giving! 

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