Easy Ways We Can Teach our Kids to Give Back
I consider the holiday season to truly be the most wonderful time of the year, but that is not the case for everyone. I realize that for many families, it can be a tremendously difficult time of year. I try my very best to do what I can for people throughout the year, but the holiday season certainly brings with it the reminder that we can always do more. While your aspirations to volunteer and get involved in your community are cemented with good intentions, the demands of every day life can tend to get in the way. So remember that Wanting to is certainly a great first step. Making it happen is where it can get tricky! So here’s a list of several really easy ways for you and your family to give back this Holiday Season.
- Now that the kids have unwrapped their gifts and maybe even received gift cards to stock up on yet more toys and goodies, it is the perfect time of year to purge what they do not need, want , or use. Ask your kids to pick out some of their toys that they no longer want and would like to pass on to a little boy or girl who would cherish it. This is such a great way to teach kids the joy in paying it forward. They will feel great about doing it (as long as they choose toys they really are done with.) There are great organization that pick up at your door! visit www.lupuspickup.org for one
- Contact your local Senior Center, Nursing Home, Council on Aging, or other Senior organization and find out if they have opportunities for the kids to come in and spend time with seniors. Reading and playing games with Seniors is a great way to spend quality time giving back during the Holiday break.
- Write thank you letters to our soldiers as a family. It’s important that children are aware of the sacrifice and selflessness our soldiers demonstrate every day so that we may enjoy our freedoms. Soldiers can enjoy cards and notes all year long, not just before Christmas!
- Spend time with the older family members and friends who live alone. Bake a batch of cookies with the kids and bring them to an elderly neighbor and bring a game over to grandma’s to spend some quality time with her this season. After the hustle ad bustle of the holidays, many seniors return to what can be a lonely life. The gift of your little ones time can be the greatest gift of all.
- While shopping and out and about this Holiday Break, encourage your children to hold the door open for others, say please and thank you and embrace the overall attitude of spreading Holiday Cheer throughout the year!
- Contact your local church, shelter, library, or community organization to see if there are any programs or activities that your family can participate in or contribute to.
- Spending time making sandwiches or sorting food at your local shelter or soup kitchen can be an amazing way to spend a day this Holiday break. Contact your local shelter or soup kitchen to see how your kids can get involved.