Most children often enjoy giving gifts to their loved ones especially to their parents. This is especially true during the holiday season. Raising children to be giving during the rest of the year can be a little tricky, but it can be done using some of these ideas.
Adopt a Grandparent
Many nursing homes have programs where people may “adopt” a grandparent. The individuals who are available for grandparent adoption are usually without grandchildren of their own. This is a wonderful way to reach out to the senior citizens in your community while promoting the art of giving in your child. After an introduction with the new grandparent, encourage your child to make special gifts to take to them each time you visit. They don’t have to be expensive or extravagant. Homemade cards and cookies are just the ticket to bringing a smile to that special person’s face and will make your child feel good about giving, too.
Volunteer for the Big Brother or Big Sister Program
The gift of time is a great way for older children to give back to their community. This program allows for younger children who don’t have a sibling who need someone to spend time with in the afternoons. Your older child can be an excellent role model for the younger child and gain the satisfaction of bringing happiness to that child’s life. In addition to the reward of making someone’s life a little better, being a Big Sister or Big Brother looks great on a college application.
Celebrate Birthdays of Loved Ones through Out the Year
Raise your child to recognize that the holidays are not the only time of year that people enjoy receiving gifts from others as well as giving gifts to others. Help them be giving to their family and friends by encouraging them to recognize birthdays as a chance to be giving. Remind them of how much they enjoyed receiving gifts from others on their birthday. By reminding them of how good they felt, you can encourage them to make someone else feel just as good. Again, the gift doesn’t have to be expensive. It can be something as simple as a homemade birthday card, a picture they’ve painted, or a bouquet of flowers that they picked from the flower garden.
Be a Role Model for Your Children
Raising children to be giving doesn’t have to be difficult. Your children will often learn from watching you as you are the ultimate role model. If you are giving, chances are your children will want to be giving as well. They will want to help you make others happy. Children are quite impressionable and by giving them the right impression, you will raise your child to be giving and caring unconditionally.
Children are giving by nature when they are young. It is up to you to raise them to continue to be giving. Raising children is a parent’s biggest and hardest job. It is also one of the most rewarding.