As parents, we spend a lot of time...and money!...thinking about gifts for our children for the holidays. But it's a good idea to teach them about the spirit of giving at the holidays as well. Whether it's choosing gifts for you or giving to a charity, this is a perfect time of year to teach them the importance of giving as well as getting.
I remember when I was a kid taking some of my allowance and heading down to the corner store to buy stuff for my parents. I even did extra chores to have money to buy gifts. I was soooo proud of that bottle of cheap aftershave for my dad and those measuring spoons for my mom. That's certainly something you could help your kids do. Many schools also have "Santa shops" where parents donate items and kids can buy them as gifts for a dollar or two.
Giving to people in need is also important. I have my kids put our money in the Salvation Army buckets and explain why we're doing it; I have also been wanting to adopt a family through a local charity and have my kids help choose gifts for the other family's children. This time of year they can get a bad case of the "gimmes" and showing them that generosity matters is a good antidote to that, I think.
How do you encourage giving in your children?