I think that my most important job as a mother is to teach my boys to be good and caring people. I want my children to be kind to family, friends, and other people in our community. It's a big concept for little people, but here are 5 ways to teach children about helping others this holiday season:
1) Talk to them - Children need to be told how fortunate they are, and they need to understand that not everyone has the things that they do. It's simple... but it's important.
2) Put them to work - One important tradition we have incorporated into our family is an annual "Letter Writing to Santa" party/fundraiser. My boys host a party, we charge people to come, and we donate the money to a charity that they choose. They are able to bake the cookies, assemble the craft kits, help set up, and take money at the door. "Doing" the work really helps them to feel like they are making a contribution.
3) Volunteer - There are always organizations that could benefit from a visit from little helpers. Pick something that interests your children. My boys have sung to seniors at a local nursing home, and it was a great experience for everyone.
4) Do something small - Little gestures of kindness can make a big impact. I like to have my kids bring treats or little gifts to their classmates during the holidays, and we always bake and deliver treats to our neighbours.
5) Send a card - This is a simple thing that you can do with your little ones right now. They can make their own cards to send to family and friends.
How are you going to teach your children about helping others this holiday season?
Gina (aka East Coast Mommy)