In the rush of the holiday season, it’s good to take a step back and remind not only yourself, but your littles on what the true spirit of Christmas is all about.
Of course as parents, we are setting an example for our children with everything we do. If they see us stressed and harried running around shopping for gifts the entire season, what does that imprint on their mind? That the holiday season revolves around gifts and material goods.
The true spirit of Christmas is that of giving, caring, and compassion. It’s up to you to teach your little ones about the spirit of the season. Here are some tips that should help you:
- Have Discussions – When it comes to learning, repetition is always a good thing! Every time they seem to be getting a little too caught up in what presents they’ll receive, you may want to remind them that Santa doesn’t bring everything. It may also be helpful to redirect their thinking towards how they can help others – having your children participate in selecting items for a toy drive and collecting canned food for the needy may be a good place to start.
- Donate & Clean Out Old Toys – The holidays are a perfect time to sift through your children’s old toys and get rid of what they don’t use. Have your children help! Explain to them that there are some kids who won’t receive gifts at all that year and they have the power to give them something this holiday season.
- Get Family Members On Board – We all know how Grandparents love to spoil their grandkids! Talk it through with them and enlist their help. With the same message being sent from all adults in their life, a child will be much more likely to remember the lesson taught.
- Utilize the Media – There are several great children’s television programs that address the matter of giving back. If the theme comes up, use it as a teachable moment! Your child is likely to be much more receptive of this subject when Sophia the First has provided a bit of a baseline.
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