Dear Berry Patch Families,
Generosity is a great virtue to instill in all children. But training children to be generous can be a bit overwhelming. At times, it’s difficult to get kids to share with their siblings much less other kids. Rest assured, the virtues of compassion, kindness, empathy, and generosity can be taught. Use these ten tips to encourage generosity in your family during the holidays and all year long.
Top Ten Tips to Encourage a Generous Heart
1. Model generosity and avoid selfishness.
2. Expect children to be generous by sharing and being kind to one another.
3. Discuss the difference between wants and needs.
4. Praise your child when helpful, generous behaviors are exhibited.
5. Practice empathy, placing oneself in another’s shoes.
6. Identify ways to help others.
7. Take advantage of opportunities to share during the holidays.
8. Be hospitable. Invite others into your home.
9. Be grateful.
10. Encourage children to express gratitude by saying thank you and writing thank you notes.
Sharing with friends, expressing kindness in word and deed, and providing for others can be expressed through our December Children Serving Others (C.S.O.) at The Berry Patch. This month we are collecting toys for Twin Cities Toy Drive. Take your children shopping to choose toys for less fortunate kids. If you need tips for shopping with little ones, click on the link below. Bring the new toys you and your children have chosen to The Berry Patch December 1-15.
Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have,
for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.
Hebrews 13:16 ESV
May your Christmas be filled with love, joy, and generosity!
Becky Danielson, M.Ed.
Licensed Parent & Family Educator
Click on the links for more on this topic:
10 Shopping Strategies for Parents of Littles
Homemade Gifts: Hot Cocoa and Chocolate Candy Canes
Encouraging Gratitude: Thank you Notes