Talk to your kids about what to do when they receive a present they dislike. Be honest that every gift you get may not be your favorite. However, it’s important to be thankful for people being generous.
As much as possible, continue traditions started when your children were younger. Though they are growing and changing, it’s important for them to trust that there is continuity and consistency in life.
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Ask significant adults in your children’s lives to give gifts of time or activities (such as a trip to a park, an afternoon of baking, or a visit to a museum), rather than material goods.
Develop a holiday library with books about your traditions as well as those of others. Talk about the things you celebrate and why they are important in your family.
Include your children when you spend time with your friends.
Ask holiday party invitees to bring food to donate to a shelter. This will be a great way to show your children that the holiday season is also about helping others, not just about going to parties and getting presents.
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Sending out holiday cards? Put your kids in charge of the family update. Whether that means jotting down greetings inside each card or writing a letter to be printed or copied, your kids can share family highlights from the past year in their own words.
Talk about the wonders of life with your kids. If your child enjoys a video game, a certain musical instrument, or playing a certain sport, talk about how great it is that someone invented it.
Whenever your child notices that someone is upset and wants to help, encourage him or her to act on that impulse. Afterward, talk about how pleased you are with your child for caring.
Kids learn a lot about honesty from the way you act. They notice when you tell lies over the phone—or to a salesperson to get rid of her. Work on being honest yet tactful and respectful to others.
For those celebrating Thanksgiving today, have each person present name something he or she is thankful for in the past year. It could be the birth of a new family member, moving to a new house, starting school, or getting well after being sick.
Consider spending part of your Thanksgiving (or Thanksgiving weekend) helping others by doing a family service project.
This Thanksgiving, try getting kids and adults to interact more. Consider creating a different seating arrangement at your holiday table. Place a child from a different family next to a different adult.
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Model sincere appreciation. Kids notice when you have an attitude of gratitude—and when you don’t.
As a family, talk about what you like and dislike about Thanksgiving. Your kids may surprise you: some really enjoy annual traditions while others get bored with them.
Plan a holiday shopping event in your home or community center. Ask adult volunteers to collect or donate inexpensive gifts, paper, tags, and bows so children can select gifts and wrap them for family members.
Regularly express your caring—verbally and nonverbally—to your children.