6 Ways to Inspire Your Kids to Give Back This Season

posted: 11/29/16
by: Katherine Sosnoff
kids hugging one another

During the holiday season, it can be easy for kids to get caught up in the frenzy of toys, cookies and seemingly endless celebrations. These ideas will help you keep the spirit of #GivingTuesday alive throughout the holiday season by encouraging your children to give back and celebrate the real meaning of the holiday.

  1. Random Acts of Kindness: During the holiday season give each of your kids a 'budget' for random act of kindness. For example, if each kid gets $10, they might choose to donate theirs in increments to the Salvation Army buckets in your community or buy a poinsettia for your elderly neighbor. You can suggest ideas, but their creativity might surprise you.
  1. Get Crafty: Put your kids' artistic talents (along with their penmanship) to good use by finding an organization that sends cards to troops overseas or the elderly during the holidays. Search for national organizations or you can reach out to local nursing homes or veterans groups to find out where to send their letters.
  1. Invite a Friend: Spread the giving spirit by asking your kids to invite a friend along for a day of service. Find some options for volunteering and let your kids pick; with a friend along, they'll enjoy the activity and the experience may even inspire them to continue volunteering throughout the year.
  1. Neighborhood Goodwill: Spread some good cheer in your neighborhood this season by shoveling an elderly neighbor's driveway or bringing some cookies to the family who just welcomed a new baby.
  1. Give Before They Get: One weekend before the holidays, encourage a family closet/play room cleanout. Give your kids a target, like finding three toys and three outfits, and pack up the toys and clothes to donate. Not only does this reduce clutter, it helps keep the true meaning of the season in mind.
  1. Holiday Party Host Gift: If you're hosting a family holiday party this season, ask that guests forgo the usual bottle of Pinot or pine tree scented candle as a host gift, and instead bring an item to donate to a cause of your choosing.