The true spirit of the holidays can’t be found in this year’s most coveted toy catalogue. The true feeling of the holiday spirit lies in spending quality time with those you love, and giving back to those less fortunate. With the holidays right around the corner it’s the perfect time to talk to your child about the importance of giving back, not only during the holiday season, but year-round. Check out these tips for giving back as a family, and volunteer opportunities for kids, all year long.
- Make Goals. Sit down as a family and put together volunteer or charity goals for the year. Does your family have a goal to volunteer with specific organizations like the Humane Society or local Food Bank? Or, do you have an hourly volunteer goal you’d like to meet? Or, does your child have a monetary fundraising goal they’d like meet? This will help your family map out the year in terms of giving back, it will also help you hold your family accountable, and teach your child that giving back isn’t a one-time thing but something you can do year-round.
- Do it Together. Make it a volunteer tradition to volunteer as a family on a regular basis. Whether it’s once a month, or quarterly, set a goal to give back as a family a few times a year. Choose a mission or organization that is near and dear to your family’s heart to ensure the whole brood is on board and excited about the opportunity to provide something to those in need.
- Make Donating a Habit. Up your spring-cleaning game and set a goal to declutter your home and donate to a charitable cause every few months. Not only will this help you keep a tidy home, it will also teach your children about the importance of giving (and not hoarding) toys and clothes they have grown out of.
- Move for a Cause. Do a quick Google search and you’ll be surprised at how many results pop up with charity walks, runs, and bike rides. Fall and Winter are ripe with opportunities to move for a good cause. Go through the list as a family and choose a few events to participate in. This is a great way to bond as a family, gain some endorphins, and give back to those in need. The bonus is by scheduling the activity as a family, you all have a healthy goal to get in shape before the event!
Giving back doesn’t need to be a one-time thing. Use these tips to incorporate charitable giving into your family’s routine on a regular basis.
When the weather starts to get chillier and the time for fun outdoor activities has come and gone, check out kid-focused activities like The Little Gym.