5 Ways to Teach Your Child to Give

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The holiday season is almost upon us and Thanksgiving is a great time to spend time with our children and have honest and open conversations about the importance of family, friendships and the spirit of sharing of our time and resources with others. This can sound intimidating at first but with a little forethought about your upcoming activities during the day you can turn an everyday chore into a special moment with your child.  Here are a few suggestions to get the creative juices flowing.

1 – Clean out your closet and find toys and clothing to donate.

2 – Help a neighbor or elderly person in a simple and unexpected way or maybe make Christmas cookies for the neighbors you don’t know so well.

3 – Take a birthday and turn it into a charitable giving experience. If you get 2 of something or receive a gift that you are not necessarily excited about donate it to charity.

4 – Collect family pocket change in a jar and periodically have a family vote on where to donate the money to make a difference in the world.

5 – Include pets. If you already have a pet in the family you can buy an extra bag of food every three months while you are already at the store and donate it to the humane society. This will also give your children time to play with new fuzzy friends.

Try to pick one of these suggestions that feels natural or perhaps develop an idea of your own. Any positive effort can make a difference not only in your child’s’ life but also in the lives of others.

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