Giving as a Lifestyle

December is a few days away. Have you started buying gifts for christmas already? I love the Christmas season. When I was younger, Christmas was my favorite time of the year. It gave me an excuse to buy cards and gifts to my loved ones and friends. You see, I love giving gifts. It makes me happy to let someone know that they have been thought of and to bless them with a little something.

Now that I have kids of my own, I want them to learn that Christmas is not really about receiving gifts but it is all about giving. Having a heart that genuinely wants to share is rare but it is a blessing from God. There is truly more joy when we become more giving in our lives. Giving is not something we can teach just by reading stories together but children will learn it better if we do it with them while they are still young.

Here are some activities you can do to teach your kids about giving, and you can do them regularly through out the year:

1. Teach them to give by sharing their toys, books and clothes with less fortunate kids via various toys drives, orphanages and non-government organizations.

2. As you open their coin banks or savings, teach them to allot something for others. Do not just spend everything for themselves. Set a portion to charities, church or loved ones in need.

3. Spend a day to help out in an elderly house or orphanage. Teach them that giving is not only about material things but also giving of one’s time.

4. Join community projects or better yet, initiate projects in the community which can share the talents of your children. This is a good way to use their talents or gifts to benefit others. Engage the children in planning to make sure they are involved in the process.

5. If your kids like arts, you can ask them to make cards or letters to send out a word of encouragement to others.

Do you have any other tips that can help teach giving to our children? Share them with us!

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