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how to teach children to give back

With the holiday season in full swing, my Christmas shopping done, and almost all of the presents wrapped, I’ve been thinking a lot about what I want to teach Hazel (and baby girl on the way) about the holidays. I want my kids to know that Christmas isn’t only about receiving gifts, it’s about giving too. Thinking about ways my parents taught us, I’ve come up with three ways to teach kids the importance of giving back.

  1. Donate to charity: Food, diapers, toys, clothes, etc. There’s always someone who is in need. You could have your kids pick out a toy or clothes (whether it be brand new from the store or slightly used) or household essentials, and donate it to someone in need. There are so many charities to donate to. Huggies became the founding sponsor of the National Diaper Bank Network in 2011. Through their No Baby Unhugged program, they have partnered up with the San Francisco 49ers, and fans can donate diapers at the No Baby Unhugged donation bin at Levi’s Stadium’s Faithful Mile presented by Global Syn-Turf at the 12/17 game from 10:25 am to 1:25 p.m., or through the Huggies No Baby Unhugged Amazon registry to benefit the National Diaper Bank Network. Parents can also donate their Huggies reward points to the National Diaper Bank Network. Since 2011, Huggies No Baby Unhugged has provided tremendous support to the National Diaper Bank Network and have donated over 200 million diapers and wipes to families in need. Head to the San Francisco 49ers game day events on December 17, 2017, for a fun family day of football and donating to an amazing charity at the No Baby Unhugged donation bin that will help so many local families.
  2. Pick out gifts for others: Take your children shopping to pick out gifts for others; grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc. You don’t have to spend a lot of money, take them to one of the stores where everything is $1. Picking out something to give to someone else will get them thinking about another’s person’s wants/needs. And they’ll get to experience the joy of giving and seeing the excitement their gift brings another. My sister does this with my 3 year old niece, and it’s so fun to see what she picks out for each of us. Last year, she got Uncle Cody a wallet (the kind with Velcro). She gets so happy every time she sees him pull it out of his pocket to use it.
  3. Lead by example: You can teach your children to give back simply by giving back yourself. Children look up to their parents and learn from their parents, so it’s important to set a good example. I remember my mom pulling over on the side of the road to give a homeless man her coat on a rainy day. I also remember several Thanksgivings where my parents dropped off a Thanksgiving dinner to the homeless who lived under the bridge. And now as an adult, there have been many times when I have given a meal to someone in need, gas to the family who was trying to make it home, or a couple extra dollars to the kid in line in front of me trying to buy a backpack for school.

What are some ways you’re teaching your children to give back?

XO, Kacie

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