The holidays are a season of abundance for many of us; how do we teach our children to be grateful for all that is showered upon them? Teach the joy of giving (not just receiving), focus on helping those less fortunate, and appreciating each gift as it is received.
The Joy of Giving
Instead of buying a gift for a child to give their grandparent, teacher or coach, help them make something instead. Yummy baking, homemade ornaments, or even a handmade card will give your child a greater sense of being involved in giving, not just receiving.
Help Those With Less
It is often easy to write a cheque to a favourite charity, and the funds are always needed, but consider doing something more tangible with your child. Have them participate in grocery shopping for the local food bank (find a list of most wanted items here), decorate and fill a shoebox for The Shoebox for Shelters Project (find details here), or gift the special people in their lives with Christmas cards that support the education of girls in Africa through One Girl Can (order cards here).
Teach Gift-Receiving Etiquette
It is very easy for kids to get caught up in the consumer-fueled frenzy of frantically unwrapping without pausing for breath. Prior to holiday events, be sure to talk about proper thank you’s, the importance of appreciating each gift, and how to handle being given something they may not like. And of course, be sure to model those behaviours for them.