|Teach Children about Holiday Giving
By Lorie Marrero, CPO®, Creator of the Clutter Diet®, Spokesperson for Goodwill Industries International
Most of us hope that our children understand the joy of giving, but with wish lists and presents, it's challenging to shift kids away from the focus on receiving. Here are a few of my favorite ways to teach children about giving, and they might even learn some important organizing lessons along the way!
Involve your children in the gift-giving process. Show them how to make a gift list for their family, friends and teachers. Children love to spend time with you, so find a craft or kitchen project that will allow you to make these gifts together. There are many easy ideas here for gifts that kids can make.
Out with the old, in with the new. Because they're going to get lots of new toys, explain to them that we have to make room for them by clearing out the old toys we no longer enjoy. We have a chance to teach kids in a way they completely understand that storage is a finite thing, that there is a concept of "enough," and that clearing out is a natural part of life, just like the seasons in nature.
An A-B-C-D prioritization tool is easy for kids to understand, and helps with organizing skills as well as deciding what to give away. Click over to the blog to learn how to put this method in action to help children learn not only to donate, but also how their selfless act benefits other people.