The holiday season is a time for giving thanks and giving back. Now is the perfect time of year to teach children the importance of community service and nurture the spirit of giving.
Start by choosing a charity in your own community. Then talk to youth about the kinds of charities they would like to support.
If an organization is looking for food donations, give your children the money you want to spend on donations and let them choose the food items at the grocery stores. Thoughtful selections give them a chance to think about what some who are less fortunate might need.
For young children, it may mean more to donate time by helping out a community service organization like a soup kitchen, for example. They can help by doing small chores like decorating the tables, making sure there are napkins laid out and handing out silverware.
Tweens and teens, on the other hand, might find it more meaningful to raise money for a particular cause. They could do some chores around the house and neighborhood to raise money to donate.