Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Spirit of Giving, Not Getting

So many kids are spoiled rotten - you know the ones I'm talking about. Being a parent it is so hard to not buy your kids everything, especially this time of year. There are so many things I want to get Little Miss for Christmas - but I'm not. I don't want to raise one of those kids. Besides not raising a spoiled brat, I also want to enstill in my child a love of giving - not just getting.

How does one go about doing this? Especially with very small children - Little Miss is just 2 1/2.

At the beginning of the month I explained to her that some mommy's and daddy's work very hard and don't have a lot of money to buy their kids toys for Christmas. Then I asked her if she thought it would be a good choice (we talk about choices a lot) to go through her toys and pick some out to give away to those kids. She said yes "that would make Jesus happy!"

So...we set out with en empty box and I ended up having to reign her in - she wanted to give away just about everything in her room!

With older children - volunteering at a soup kitchen would be great!

Or door bell ditching a jar of change you've collected throughout the year, or groceries you buy as a family, to a family in need. I think involving your children in the process is key.

What are some other ways to teach children the joy of giving during the holidays?

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