The holidays are meant to be a time of togetherness. During these festive months, many of us will celebrate special days that reflect our thankfulness and appreciation. We think it's important that kids understand the benefits of altruism, and there's no better time to help others in need than during the holiday season. Here are are Tutor Doctor's tips for teaching kids to give back during the holidays!
Donate toys or volunteer to wrap gifts. Toy drives are a great cause – many children are in unfortunate situations where their families cannot afford to give them presents. During a time of the year where this is commonplace, these children feel extremely detached and left out. Have your kids pick out some toys at the store, and then donate them to a local drive! Your children will feel good knowing they're giving happiness to a needy child during the holidays. In addition, many donation centers have gift-wrapping days where volunteers are welcome to help prepare these presents for the festivities! It's a great activity for your kids – and the whole family!
Participate in a food drive. During the holidays, food drives are especially important. Your child's school may even have a canned foods drive during this time, and you can encourage your kids to donate. Look through your pantry with them and try to find canned goods that you aren't going to miss. See that can of beans back there we forgot about? Donate it! This is a great way to get your kids excited about donations, and their schools may even offer incentives for participating.
Find clothing to donate. Like any necessity, clothing is a valuable item that we often take for granted. Many unfortunate children don't have access to decent quality clothes, especially jackets and shoes. Your kids know what they never wear – and what they've grown out of! Have them go through their closet or dresser drawer and pick out the items they'd like to donate. They'll be happy knowing that they are quite literally helping to keep a child warm this winter.
Help save animals. Animal shelters always need volunteers to help feed and take care of animals. There's also plenty of fun adoption drives to help find these animals homes! Or, if you're looking to adopt yourself – there's no better time than the holidays.
Say thanks to important people in your community. Encourage your kids to write a letter to someone (or a group of people) in their community they are thankful for. This could range from a local fire department to a religious official. It's important to teach your kids to express gratitude to the people they care about.
Give to a charity. Have your kids pick out a charity to donate towards. Even if it's only a small amount, every bit helps. It can be a fun process to research different charities online, and it also teaches your children about the widespread benefits of altruism. Encourage your child to find a cause they are passionate about, and have them send a small donation!
From all of us here at Tutor Doctor, happy holidays!