With the holiday season fast approaching that giving mentality slowly starts to kick in. It’s true, people are indeed more generous around Christmas, and it’s very important to nurture that mindset with children as well.
What are the best things that you can consider doing in order to make your children realize how important and exciting it is to give? And why is it even that important for you to teach your children the art of giving in the first place?
In this article, we will try to explain this in a bit more detail.
Making Your Children Better People Today
In the midst of gift-giving during the holiday season, your children are likely to understand the purpose and very essence of giving to your close ones. But what about developing children’s feelings that it’s nice to be generous to the people you don’t know and who are in need.
Well, there are many things you can actually do to supplement this mindset.
And why would they need to develop themselves in that direction? Maybe just for a simple reason that it will make them a better person and help them see things from a different perspective. Understanding other people’s needs and the necessity and beauty of gifting just for the purpose of doing a good thing is what can ultimately make them feel more complete on the inside.
Travel With Purpose
We all love to travel, don’t we? Your children are probably no different. Packing your family up and setting sails for holidays can get a whole new dimension and different twist.
As part of children’s upbringing regarding the importance of giving to the others, you might want to look into organizing a holiday for your children that will be a volunteering activity at the same time. There are not many things that can develop a sense of collectivity and the importance of helping someone without taking anything in return as volunteering.
Furthermore, it’s more likely that children will develop themselves as generous and broad-minded people through teamwork. It’s hard to express selfishness in the group that was gathered around the same noble goal, isn’t it?
While At Home
This doesn’t mean that you need to be educating your kids only during the vacation. There are some things that you can practice while at home also.
For example, organizing a big closet clean up with your kids and taking out the old clothes will help you organize your children’s closets for the upcoming season. At the same time, you can talk your children into visiting one of the humanitarian centers or simply finding younger friends to give them their excessive clothes.
Through these acts of humanity, your kids will quickly learn that buying expensive gifts is not the only way to make someone happy and respectful towards you.
Participate in Giving Events
If you’re from the US, you most certainly know about Giving Tuesday event. Giving Tuesday falls a day behind the Thanksgiving and Black Friday. Ironically enough, chronologically it succeeds perhaps the biggest spending fiesta of the year.
But it’s a perfect way of showing the world that you care and that you’re ready and willing to give back. This is when many local organizations are hosting clothing exchange and different types of humanitarian activities.
This is at the same time a perfect starting point if you don’t have enough energy and time to dedicate to any of the above. Getting you and your children involved at least one day a year may have a much longer impact on the lives and mentalities of your children.
Stephanie is the founder of Military Travel Mama; she is the wife of a military professional and mother to two children. Follow her blog for more about military life, military discounts, family trips, healthy eating, and parenthood.
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