With Christmas right around the corner, it’s the perfect time of year to teach your children about the joys that can be found in sharing and giving. Most children are very eager to receive gifts but instructing them in the value of giving gifts can be tricky for a toddler’s or preschooler’s mind to understand.
Below are some ways you can begin to teach the value of generosity:
Model – Children learn the most from watching adults interact with the world around them. If you are volunteering at a local non-profit or participating in a holiday charity such as an Angel Tree, talk with your children about your experience. When your child is old enough to volunteer alongside of you, make it into a fun date!
Motivate – The idea of giving something away can be difficult to understand. Making baked goods provides an opportunity to make extra for those who are less fortunate while still leaving something for your child to enjoy. When generosity is included with a sweet treat, you may be amazed at how enthusiastic your child will be! Eventually the reward of sharing to be kind may trump their desire for a reward but you must take small steps with little ones.
Memory-make – Children can also learn that giving does not always involve a financial contribution. Brainstorm with your child how they might give of their time and talents to bless someone else. Offer to wash your neighbor’s car, rake the leaves in the yard, or any other chore that would communicate care and promote a generous spirit.
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Fort Mill we are passionate about teaching the importance of generosity to all of our students from infants to preschool and after-school. We are committed to seeing each child succeed and giving opportunities to serve and love the community around them. Contact us today for more information!