Are you concerned about the materialism that dominates the holiday season?
Do you often feel that you are fighting a a losing battle in a culture that promotes the “gimmes”?
The upcoming holiday season as a perfect time to teach children about generosity and gratitude. Developing an attitude of gratitude and generosity is something that can be started early in small ways and then developed into bigger projects as the child grows. Even young children can learn to give food, toys or clothing to those in need.
There are three common myths about generosity that you will want to discuss as you focus on this important character trait:
- Generosity should be spontaneous – While it is awesome when we create spontaneous and random acts of kindness and generosity, it is more important that a spirit of generosity be built into the fabric of our daily lives. Once the habit is established it is even more likely to to appear spontaneously. Use the holiday season to establish a habit of generosity that is planned throughout the year.
- Generosity is determined by your personal socioeconomic status – Everyone can give something, no matter their age, financial circumstances or lifestyle. Giving does not have to be something material but can be time, service or a thoughtful word.
- Generosity benefits the receiver – The benefits of being generous enrich the lives of not only the receiver but the giver as well. In fact, many times the receiver feels that they benefit more than the person who received.
Giving the Gift of Service
The best and most life changing gift for children and adults is service that involves giving of more than excess. It may involve giving time in service. For instance, your family might spend a Saturday morning in a soup kitchen for the homeless, or volunteer in a nursing home to visit with residents who have no family. It’s cleaning up a park or helping out at an animal shelter.
Service that moves us out of our comfort zone and challenges us to make a difference in the world develops children and ultimately adults, of compassion and character.
This week’s Grab ‘n Go Lesson plan for busy educators:
Wyatt Learns about Giving
It’s almost Christmas and Wyatt the Wonder Dog is wondering how long he will have to wait until the big day and what gifts he will get. His mother however, has a more important question, “What will you give for Christmas?” Join Wyatt as he learns a valuable lesson about how anyone can be generous and giving at Christmas and all through the year.
Wyatt the Wonder Dog: Learns About Giving