Spreading the Cheer: How to Teach Kids the Spirit of Giving

Recently I’ve been thinking of ways I can get my children in on helping, giving, volunteering, and just plain doing things for others. Life moves so fast that it’s easy to become a bit center-focused. So, I wanted to get some easy ways to implement these skills into our lives more regularly, especially during the most cheerful time of the year. Here are some ideas to teach kids the spirit of giving:

box of toys next to a Santa hatPut Out a Bin for Delivery Drivers

Let’s let our delivery drivers, the real superheroes of the season, know how much we appreciate them (and that free shipping shipping savior). Put a bin of water, snacks, or sports drinks, or really whatever you can to help our mail staff on the porch for them to grab when they come by. They work so hard to make sure our holidays turn out perfectly and on time. So, let’s show them some love back. Have the kids help fill up the bin weekly. 

Assemble “Car Kits”

Fill zip-lock gallon bags with travel-size soap, toothbrush, deodorant, socks, snack bars, and whatever else you can fit. You can put a few of these in your car to have available for those in need. Let’s show our children what taking care of someone looks like and not expecting something in return. 

Clean the Park

Take gloves and a trash bag to your next park play date and before the kids run and start up a game of tag, tell them to find 3 pieces of trash to pick up. This keeps them active and helps them feel connected to their play space. 

Write a Thank You Letter

Writing thank you notes is a thoughtful way to make someone’s day and let them know you appreciate them or something they’ve done. Depending on age, you can have your child tell you what they would like to say, trace a few sentences, or even write their own letter to someone special in their life they would just like to say thank you to. What comes to mind for me is the teachers. I know my son’s teachers work very hard and really do try and teach their students, I think my boys would have a great time designing a thank you card for some of these special people in our lives.

Join a 5k For a Cause

In the Houston and surrounding areas, it is easy to find a run for a cause! We get the best group fundraisers and groups supporting great causes. I use runguides.com to keep an eye on what ones will be in the area so I can plan for them. 

Donate Toys

A lot of kids really have a hard time with this one but to teach kids the spirit of giving sometimes comes with some discomfort. Seeing toys they loved so hard leave isn’t easy. But, remind them that there are other kids who don’t have many toys and if we can share and make their day we should. And if they want more, we have to make room for more. Sometimes we need to take some Marie Kondo advice and get to tidying up. 

We need to not only teach kids the spirit of giving but SHOW them what the holiday season is about and how it can look. We can help them connect with people and give back. Here to raising the next generation better. 

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Sasha Camp
Sasha was born in Germany and has been traveling the world ever since. After moving back to the states at age 3 she spent most of her growing up years in a small Northern California city. Here she started her first job as a barista. After high school, Sasha moved to Sacramento with her high school sweetheart and attended California State University Sacramento, completing her bachelors degree in Ethnic Studies with a minor in Anthropology. During college Sasha worked at Victoria's Secret. Then in 2011 they welcomed their first son Aiden, and got married shortly after. If things weren’t busy enough, these two love birds packed up their small family and moved to Reno, Nevada. While enjoying the hikes and the views that Reno had to offer they were excited to welcome yet another baby boy in 2014. A short time after his birth they were missing the cold North Cali weather they grew up with, so they packed up the boys and the pups and made their way to Seattle, Washington. Here Sasha worked at Seattle Sun Tan and enjoyed all the people she met. She also completed her 200 hour yoga certification and taught at a local studio. In 2017, Sasha learned she was expecting yet another beautiful baby boy 2017. After his birth, they completed the build of their first home in Fairview, Texas about 20 mins north of Dallas. Sasha and her family spent 3 years in the Dallas area, and this is where she completed her Masters degree in Special Education from Arizona State University (Class of 2020). After graduation, she tested and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, a goal for her after her middle son was diagnosed with ASD in 2018. Shortly after sitting for her exam, the family then moved to Orlando Florida for one year and enjoyed all the sun, fun, and Disney Florida had to offer. And finally the family has decided to land by purchasing their current home in Missouri City, just south of Houston. Sasha enjoys reading, doing Pilates, and chasing after her three boys. You can catch a glimpse of this on her Instagram @sasha_camp_.


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