I love this article. So often the focus on Christmas revolves our what gifts we are getting. What about giving to others? And the most important gift we can give? Our time to others. That time will make lasting memories for us. Much more so than the newest play station. So here are the three ideas I love.
I loved baking with my son when he was little! We would really get down and dirty here. I didn’t care about the mess. Laughing and having fun was much more important. Besides, we got to taste test as we went along!
This is one of the easiest ways to show your kids what a special time the holidays are. You can teach them how to bake cookies. Maybe you can pass on an old family recipe, as you show them step-by-step how to do it. Of course, with younger children, you will need to take precautions, and show them how to be safe when using sharp instruments and doing things near hot ovens.
Help someone in need
I try to live by the idea that if I lift someone up, I also lift myself up. This has helped me in some of my hardest times. You don’t have to do something big or expensive.
One of the most important and valuable lessons any parent can teach a child is for them to learn how to do something to help others. Whether it is helping a friend do their homework, or helping an elderly person with yard work, doesn’t matter. What really matters is that they learn to give some of their time and energy in a way that will help someone else. They learn to give, rather than take. And, in the process, they will learn to value how it makes them feel good inside to do it.
We have been helping deliver gifts through Blue Santa. We’re almost done. And parents have been really appreciative. Who wants to see their kids sad on Christmas day?
It’s not too late to do something with your children. One thing you could do is find a nursing home in your neighborhood and bring some cookies to your neighbors there. You would not believe how many people who live there have no family. Just stopping by for a short time will make their day so much brighter!
Take them to a holiday movie
Going to a holiday movie with your child is another fun thing to do this time of year. There are usually a few animated Disney movies that come out in the winter time, especially for young people. Going to a movie will show your children that they can enjoy doing things with you that will benefit them. This can be one way that they learn to enjoy doing things that are fun and important to them, and not just having to always do what grownups do.
Watching a movie can spark their imaginations and creativity and show them what a fun time they can have with the family.
Enjoy Your Day!