Your Family: Holiday Giving with Children

The Morning Show

Sheryl Bautch from the Family Service of Champaign County joins the Morning Show and in this week’s Your Family she is discussing how to better prepare your children for the holiday giving season.

As we approach the holiday season, there are many opportunities for generous community members to help those that may be less fortunate. This is a great time to discuss how we teach our children about helping others and about accepting help when we need to. 

Even toddlers can learn simple concepts like sharing with their siblings and friends. Once children are school age, we can begin to talk with them about what it means to be a good neighbor, extending the concept of sharing from our friends and family to our community. Being a good neighbor means we try to help others, even those we do not know, when we have the ability to do so. 

Our children are influenced much more by what they see us do than by what they hear us say.  While it is important to talk with our children about helping others, it is even more important that we demonstrate that value in our daily life and involve our children as much as possible.  For example, if you’re going to make a donation at one of the Salvation Army’s red kettles, bring the kids along and explain what you are doing and why.  Let them put the money in the kettle and be a part of the experience. 

Check with your faith community or your child’s school to see if they sponsor volunteer activities or know of individuals in need of assistance.  The United Way also has a website where community organizations can post their volunteer needs and members of the community can connect with those organizations: www.CUVolunteer.org.   

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