Giving Back during the Holiday Season is the Greatest Gift You Can Give
The holiday season is as much a magical and giving time as it is a bustling, hustling busy time. During the season, you should take a step back and remember all those who are important in your life. Take some time to teach your child holiday gift giving that can become new traditions for both of you. Show your child how the gift of time spent doing for others rather than buying for others helps to build special memories and bonds. Introduce your child to those who have made your life easier, better, and happier and together come up with ways you can show your gratitude for them being a part of your lives. Think about ways you and your child can work together and give back this holiday season in ways that don’t require wrappings and bows.
The Gift of Time
The gift of time is said to be one of the most precious gifts you can bestow on another. These days ‘time’ has become something we all wish we had more of and is one thing that gets away from all of us. This gift can be spent with loved ones you haven’t seen much of, such as an old friend in a nursing facility, a grandparent who lives out of town, or anyone special in your life yet seems to get little of your time throughout the year. Bring your child with you to visit this person and do something special together such as help them bake cookies, clean part of their yard, or perform some task together as you catch up with each other’s life.
Many people in our world do not have the luxury of family. During the holiday season which promotes time with loved ones, this time of year can be especially lonely for them. Find a way you and your child can volunteer together in your community. Some communities offer opportunities to bake cookies for those you will not otherwise be able to enjoy them. There may be services that ask you to help make holiday cards to send those serving our country and will be away from family through the season. If your community does not offer these opportunities, perhaps you, your child, and other parents with kids can come together to create one of these great giving back holiday activities. As a parent, you can help your child become a caring and giving individual.
Montessori school environments teach children about gratitude and foster in them a grateful nature so they can become compassionate adults. Contact Day Star Montessori in Milpitas if you would like more information on how your child can become a part of our child-centered education program.