So the chaos of pre-Christmas shopping and last minute preparations are over, and things are starting to cool down, except for that hole in your pocket of course, that’s still burning hot! So, after all your efforts, the time and care put into each individual gift, and the hard-earned money spent on delivering the best Christmas possible to your family, there is truly nothing worse than being met with a disappointed, puppy eyed look from your kids because they didn’t get everything on their list, or they didn’t get exactly what they wanted. It’s easy to become frustrated, and even disappointed in them in turn for not being grateful for the abundance of gifts they have been given, and the comfortable and safe life they are fortunate to be living. However, it is important to remember that it is up to us to shape our children’s perspective. If they aren’t taught the value of a dollar, the deeper meaning of gifts from the heart, or informed about the hardships many people in this world are facing, of course they will have an ungrateful attitude and a sheltered, ignorant perspective. Here are a couple of ways we can help our children appreciate the life and gifts they have been given, no matter how big or small, so that they will grow up to be well rounded, philanthropic human beings.
Give to Charity as a Family Every Christmas
Whether you choose to volunteer with your family around the holidays so that they can learn to help those in need and meet people from all walks of life, or you simply put together a bin of old clothes and supplies from your family home for a needy family, introducing the concept of charity at a young age is essential for developing well rounded, empathetic children with a realistic world view. Another great way to teach your kids to give back AND learn the value of a dollar is to encourage them to save a small portion of their allowance throughout the year (say, a quarter a week) to put towards a Christmas toy for a child in need. This will show them how much it takes to save for just a single toy, and to be grateful for the abundance of gifts their parents give them every year, regardless of what they are.
Encourage Thank You Notes
Teaching your kids to write thank you notes to extended family and friends (or even to us parents) after the holidays is another way to remind them to count their blessings. By writing a quick thanks for every gift they have been given, they will no doubt be reminded how fortunate they are! It is also a great habit to get into from a young age, to personally thank those that were kind enough to think of them, whether it’s on Christmas, their wedding day, or any other celebration in which gifts are exchanged. A hand-written thank you card is the ultimate gesture of gratitude and graciousness, at any age!
We hope YOU receive all the thank you’s YOU deserve this Christmas, your hard work hasn’t gone un-noticed!