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Teaching Children the Gift of Giving

By: Melissa Smith, CNP

Information on this page should be utilized as a guide, not medical advice. If you feel you need to speak with someone regarding behavioral therapy or counseling, please contact Connections to make an appointment.

 

The 2016 holiday season has arrived! The holidays are a time of family gatherings, gift-giving and an abundance of food. But one of the best times of the year can quickly become stressful and overwhelming.

The focus of the holiday season can shift to “self,” especially for children. Gift-giving can turn into merely fulfilling a wish list for some. In an effort to shift our focus to the true meaning of Christmas, we must model and cultivate gratitude and generosity from within.

There are many opportunities at this time each year for parents to teach children of any age about giving and sharing our blessings, no matter how big or small they may seem. Operation Christmas Child and Samaritan’s Purse are two examples. Many churches and school organizations also provide holiday gifts and meals for less fortunate families.

Another way to include children is to give or let them earn money to shop for gifts for parents and siblings or assist them in making gifts to give. Gifts from children are usually quite memorable. Isn’t that what it is really all about anyway – being thankful in all things, thinking of others above self, sharing and giving?

If these characteristics are exemplified and developed, children will ultimately learn that it really is more of a blessing to give than to receive.

 

Information on this page should be utilized as a guide, not medical advice. If you feel you need to speak with someone regarding behavioral therapy or counseling, please contact Connections to make an appointment.