Holiday time often means shopping time. Too much emphasis can be on getting the latest video or toy. Often children focus on what they will get versus what they can give.
The holiday season offers a wonderful opportunity to develop your child’s character. Show him that the best gifts are not costly material items. He gives most when he spends time, not money.
Encourage your child to make, not buy, presents—for example, a letter or drawing, coupons for hugs or songs, promises to make a sister’s bed, or take out the trash for dad.
Here are other ideas:
- Have your child go through his closet and select items to donate to a needy child. Together, take bags of clothes or toys to a charitable organization.
- Bake cookies together and take them to a homeless shelter.
- Gather materials with your child to mail to troops overseas.
- Ask your child who he’d like to help. Ask why he’s chosen that cause.
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