It’s true: giving feels good. There’s been research in recent years telling us just that.
Giving has other benefits, too – it can help us have harmony in our homes. When you replace some of the gift- giving that you would normally practice with your kids and give it to others, it reduces the amount of clutter that comes in, especially over the holidays
De-cluttering and getting rid of used items is a great way to teach kids about giving when a child isn’t using something. It’s hard to give that thing up, but someone else has the potential to enjoy it more. Getting it out of the home and into the hands of someone who will enjoy it is a good thing.
Giving doesn’t have to be limited to that, however. I think it’s important to let kids know that the less fortunate deserve brand-new things, too. The holidays is a perfect time to start this.
Here’s a few exercises that you can try to get the good-giving vibes flowing in your family.
1. Adopt a Family
Sometimes families just need help. This is okay and normal. When you adopt a whole family, you get to look at their wants and needs. A lot of times when you adopt a family, they request basic things such as food and clothes. Looking at these things can help teach kids to be grateful for the basic things that they have–some people just simply can’t afford them.
2. Go shopping.