Teach Your Little Ones Kindness this Holiday Season

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The upcoming months see us beginning to focus on the highlight of many children’s (and adult’s alike) time of year: Christmas. Now that Halloween has passed, we can start directing our attention towards to creation of a truly stunning winter, where all of our little one’s’ dreams can come true. But it’s also the best time of year to instill moral fibre into our kids, as the big man Santa Claus is watching, making sure that they aren’t naughty, but nice. Here are a few ways that you can get your little one into the holiday spirit of giving, showing them the importance of compassion and kindness along the way.

 

Donate Old Toys

Most of our little ones have plenty of good quality toys lying around that they barely pay attention to. With Christmas coming up, it could be a good time to conduct a little clear out to make way for the new additions to their teddy, doll, and craft collections. But avoid simply tossing old toys in the trash. There are plenty of needy kids out there who would absolutely adore a second hand toy to play with and love. So, get your children to gather up their unwanted bits and bobs, box them up, and choose somewhere to take them. Hospitals often accept toys for children in waiting rooms, or recovering from procedures and operations. Fire departments and ambulance services also often take on toys which they later use to comfort children who have immediately witnessed tragedies. Alternatively, you can take toys to charity stores, or hand them over to projects who then distribute them to children in poorer countries.

Fundraise

Kids have high levels of compassion. Especially when it comes to other children and their happiness and wellbeing. So why not choose a children’s charity to fundraise for. No matter how much or little you may make together, it will make a profound difference to the lives of those in receipt of it. There are plenty of fun fundraising ideas out there. Just take a look at http://www.the-fund-raiser.com/ten-best-diy-fundraising-ideas/. This page has plenty of ideas for simple DIY fundraising events. Some good examples are raffles, food sales, collecting spare change, or hosting a movie night.

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Helping the Elderly

The elderly and children generally make a brilliant match. Interactions between the two generations are much more simple than you’d imagine, perhaps because children’s innocence towards the generation gap means they engage with the elderly in the same way that they would any other person. It must be refreshing to be spoken to as an equal when you’re used to people treating you as though you’re vulnerable. The sad fact is that many of the elderly end up feeling lonely around this time of year. So, why not let your little ones keep them company? Take your children to visit care homes during the winter months. The elderly may enjoy reading them stories, or vice versa. They can share their stories and make lasting bonds.

 

Packing Bags

People tend to buy a lot more from the grocery store during the holiday season. So take advantage of this opportunity to help others out and make a little cash for charity at the same time. Ask the local store’s permission to allow your child to help people pack their bags at the checkout. This will give people a helping hand to get their belongings packed efficiently and quickly and customers can put their change into a charity bucket in exchange for your little ones’ hard work.

 

Carol Singing

‘Tis the season. So teach your kids a few different Christmas carols and head door to door around your local neighbourhood. Some well known tunes to learn are Deck the Halls, 12 Days of Christmas, Frosty the Snowman, and Silent Night. It’s a good idea to have a mix of traditional, classic hymns and more modern, catchy songs. Carry a charity bucket with you and ask for a small donation from each house. It will mount up quickly. This is a great option, as all you need is your voices and a few warm layers to tide you over through your trip.

The smallest acts of kindness can make all the difference to those in receipt of them. So encourage your children to be as kind and compassionate as possible. These are just a few ideas to get you started, but there are plenty more options out there. Get creative and get charitable! It’s much easier and way more rewarding than you may think.

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