Show kids how to care this holiday season

Posted: November 14, 2012 in Buyers, General Information, Mortgages, Open House, Sellers
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 (NC)—Parents can plant seeds of compassion during the holidays by letting their children care for others. This time of year there are many ways to nurture empathy.

There are three simple steps to empowering children with the sense that they can help others and make a difference in the world:

• Let them chose how they will help.

• Explain to them how they are assisting others, and that their actions have a powerful effect.

• Praise them for the wonderful difference they are making

Have kids take part in holiday planning. A parent hosting a party can ask a child how to make it more enjoyable for the guests, and help the child make the idea come to life. Creative ideas can include crafts, personalized place settings or games that they think guests will enjoy. This encourages kids to think about other people, and builds their confidence as they take on a fun responsibility.

Generosity is a value that can be nurtured and it will give children a deeper understanding of how they can make a difference in the world. A unique way to introduce them to charity is World Vision Gifts online at www.worldvision.ca/gifts. On the site, select from a broad choice of practical donations that will create a long-term, sustainable difference for a child or community. This family-friendly option is a great way to expose children to issues that kids of a similar age face around the world.

This is also the time of year when charities are looking for spare change – stores and malls will have a variety of buckets for donations. Children get a tremendous sense of accomplishment knowing that nickels and dimes from their own piggy banks are helping other people. Let them choose the charity, and watch their satisfaction when their own coins are dumped in.

Many families make it a point to get involved in the community around the holidays. For example, families can visit a local homeless shelter, stop by a retirement home, donate food to a local food bank, or serve up a hot meal at a soup kitchen.

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