Christmas is often associated with giving and sharing. There is nothing more meaningful and fulfilling than being generous to those in need especially this time of the year. This is why Christmas is also the best time to teach our kids the value of helping others. It will not only give them the opportunity to experience the true meaning of the season, but it will, more importantly, benefit their growth as an individual.
As a family, we are very active in our church organization’s work with the poor programs. Since both my husband and I are very much involved, we would bring along our 5-year old son to various projects and activities. Though he may not fully appreciate the essence of what we are doing, I can see that he is gradually learning the concept of giving and sharing even at an early stage in his life.
Here are five reasons why teaching our kids to help others will actually benefit them even more:
1.Our kids will gain a more realistic perspective about life. Helping the less fortunate will allow them to see the world beyond their “sheltered, pampered” life. That life will not always be easy and comfortable. This will also teach them to be thankful for what they do have and discover fulfillment in the simple things.
This Christmas, help them realize this by donating their old toys to the young survivors of Typhoon Yolanda.