We all want to raise children who are generous, kind, caring and humble. Right? Somehow during the holidays with all of the candy, food and presents a lot of us lose sight of what really matters. So what can you do to keep your kids humble during the holidays? How can you teach them to remember what really matters without having a total meltdown? I have 5 super simple tips for keeping kids humble during the holidays that won’t add extra stress to your big to-do list. These tips are easy to execute and might even help remind the adults what the holidays really are about.
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I don’t know about your kids, but mine start planning their Christmas list on December 26th. Throughout the year, I definitely get tired of hearing all of the, “I wants” and try to remind them of all that they already have.
Now, I love Christmas has much as the next guy but I fully believe Thanksgiving is one of the most looked over holidays and I am tired of it. We don’t decorate for Christmas until the day after Thanksgiving because I believe in slowing down and celebrating each holiday as it comes. So this year as my kids started writing out Christmas lists in November, I had a revelation.
This year, before we write Christmas lists, we are going to write a “thankful list.”
For each gift they have written on their list, they are required to write down one thing they are thankful for.
Of course, immediately after I had this genius idea, I learned about the Turkey on the Table. This little turkey is an adorable way of remembering to write down what you’re thankful for while you sit around the table eating.This year, before we write Christmas lists, we are going to write a 'thankful list.'Click To Tweet
All year long we use the Financial Peace Junior Kits to help our kids do chores and manage their money. In the kits there are envelopes for giving, saving and spending. All year long they build up their “give” envelope to dedicate toward a cause that they really believe in.
This time of year, I believe, is the best time for them to start giving that money away. My daughter chose to go give to the homeless shelters and my son wanted to give to Santa Cause. (I swear, I tried to talk him out of it.)
All year long I wondered how we could spend my son’s “give” money that still aligned with what he wanted. Recently it occurred to me, Salvation Army Santas! Not only would this fit nicely with his original plan for his give money, but it’s a very hands on form of giving.
Rather than writing out a check, or donating online, I would encourage practicing hands on giving. Use actual money. Hand it to real, live people. It’s a far more impactful thing, I promise.
Even if your children don’t have a give envelope, encouraging them to give away a percentage of their earnings is a great way to teach them to be humble and giving all year long. If not all year long, maybe just this time of year!
As Christmas rounds the corner and we prepare for the overwhelming flow of gifts from grandparents, an important decision must be made. What are we getting rid of first?
Each year I remind my kids that if they want new toys, they first have to make room for them!
At the beginning of December, we will all do a clean sweep and start decluttering the house. Whatever we no longer use or play with is put into a bag and donated. Clothing, jackets and blankets usually go to a battered woman’s shelter in the cities and toys end up at Goodwill.
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When my daughter got older and it came time for the big “Santa talk” I gently reminded her that Santa was actually based on a real person named St. Nicholas. We read about him and discuss his generosity and gift giving. Read the story.
This is such a great reminder that Santa Clause didn’t originate to produce whatever presents we want under a Christmas tree but to give to those who truly need it.
While I’m sure you could find a way to share this story with younger children, I think it resonates more with kids as they get older and start questioning Santa Claus. To know where the idea of Santa came from is a nice transition and a great reminder of how someone’s giving can literally impact the whole world.
Of course, now is the time of year to volunteer on top of giving. This could be at a homeless shelter, nursing home or even at your local church. Finding a way to volunteer together and work toward a cause that is bigger than all of us is a great way to keep kids humble and show them how they can help the world.
Taking the time to be self-less during this sometimes selfish time of year is a great way to help keep your kids humble and remind them that there is a world out there far bigger than them.