Teaching Kids the Importance of Giving
- At a young age, kids can be taught about the importance of giving to others. Whether they are sharing part of their snack with a sibling, helping to choose items for a Christmas box, drawing cards to include in a care package to a soldier, contributing their gently used toys to a toy drive, or helping pick out groceries for a food pantry, kids as little as preschool age can participate readily and begin to understand the benefits of giving to others.
- Teaching kids to be givers starts at home, and setting expectations early for kids to pitch in with family needs is an important and easy way for giving to become a natural part of their lifestyle. Doing household chores, helping with the garden, cooking with Mom, spending time reading to a younger sibling–all of these activities reinforce the power of giving.
- When teens participate in service projects, they benefit their communities, increase their own compassion and awareness, and they even get a chance to socialize! In addition, they learn to take initiative, develop a work ethic, and develop their worldview. But where do you begin to get your teens to “unplug” and see the world outside themselves? Read more in my article: Looking Outside Yourself: Encouraging Teens for Service.
- Reading books with the theme of giving helps reinforce this concept. See below for some of our favorite books about giving:
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- A Lego Thanksgiving from Gypsy Road
And now for the link up!
This list has our topics for 2015, but you don’t have to stick to that, anything reading and family related is welcome
Our hosts will still share a themed selection each week, but our link up will be for anything literature related and family friendly – always.
If you’d like to join us as a co-host in the new year, please contact Katie.
Katie @ Paradise Praises
Tara @ Embark on the Journey
Jeanae @ Just Jeanae
Dawnita @ Prairie Dust Trail
Beth @ Classes by Beth
Anne @ Learning Table