This is the season of giving but most children are thinking of all the toys they want to receive. Helping children understand how lucky they are to have the things they do can be hard. Talk with your child about people who are less fortunate than you; this will help them understand and appreciate what they do have. Then explain to them how those people feel happy when they are given something. There are some easy ways for your family to help those in need and to get in the giving spirit.
There are always food drives at this time of year. Taking your child to the store and letting them choose a couple of canned goods they can donate will help them feel a part of giving. Talk with them about how there are some people who don’t even have enough food to feed their families. By giving some food your child helps other families have food for the holidays. There are also some glove and scarf drives that you can have your child choose some gloves to donate to help keep other children warm in the cold.
You and your child could make some crafts and take them to the hospital to be given to people who are sick during the holidays.
If money is short in your house - like so many - you can repurpose items you already have. You and your child can go through their toys and have them choose some gently used toys to donate. Help your child understand that these toys will go to children that may not have toys.
These are all good ways to help children understand it’s not all about what you get. That it can feel just as good, if not better, to give to someone else. Help your children give this year.