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.
Tip of the Day December 5
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.
Tip of the Day December 4
Include your children when you spend time with your friends.
Tip of the Day December 3
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.
Tip of the Day December 2
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.
Tip of the Day December 1
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.
Tip of the Day November 30
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.
Tip of the Day November 29
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.
Tip of the Day November 28
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.
Tip of the Day November 27
Consider spending part of your Thanksgiving (or Thanksgiving weekend) helping others by doing a family service project.