“When you learn, teach. When you get, give.” — Maya Angelou
When your kids think of the holidays, they probably think of holiday decorations, lots of shopping, and a ton of presents from Santa, but it’s always better to give than to receive. This year, teach your children the true meaning of the holiday season by sharing ways for them to give back. Instead of just getting the material things on their lists, they’ll also get the great feeling of doing for others and making the world a better place.
7 Ways to Inspire Your Kids to Give Back
Time is one of the most valuable of life’s resources, and making a habit of giving it to those who need it can be priceless. Choose a cause that is near and dear to your family and give a few hours this season.
One way to go straight to the hearts of others is through their stomachs. Help your children plan a meal for family and loved ones. Maybe it’s making a special breakfast for grandma or a holiday dinner for the whole family. Either way, it’s sure to be a hit. Bonus: Consider making the table special with these decorating tips.
Small gifts made with care can mean so much to people whose jobs often go unnoticed. It’s common practice to give gifts to teachers, but this season, don’t forget about your postal workers, crossing guards, bus drivers, and babysitters. Fill baskets with Surf Sweets Jelly Beans and Fruity Bears for a fruity treat or go festive by filling boxes with TruJoy Peppermint Choco Chews and tying Candy Canes to the top for an added treat.
Nice handwritten notes are still classic and will never go out of style. In fact, in the age of email and quick correspondence, taking the time to write something special by hand is a good practice. Help your kids make a list of people they would like to thank this year, give them a stack of notecards, and let them write away.
Give what you learn.
Giving doesn’t always cost you anything. Ask your children what they’ve learned this year and encourage them to teach at least one thing they’ve learned to another person. If they learned new ballet moves, they can teach a friend to plié. If they learned to write a new letter well, they can show a younger child how to do the same. Whatever they are excited about learning, they can help someone else have that same joy.
Give what you get.
Giving items that mean the most to your children is also a way to connect to others. Giving toys and other items such as favorite movies and games that meant a lot to them is a way to share their memories with other kids and pass on that joy for future fun.
Give as you get.
It’s likely that your kids will get a ton of new clothes and toys this season. Implement a “give as you get” policy in your home — as your family gets new things, you give away old items to the less fortunate. Help your kids clean out their closets and toy chests and allow them to go with you to donate the goods to a shelter or organization near you.