I love how Biblical Parenting makes it easy for us parents to bring together ideas and zero in on the essentials. I totally agree with today’s parenting tip. It is so easy to have children anticipate what is going to be out for them this holidays. To have them experience the joy of giving at an early age will surely go a long way.
Christmas is a highlight in the life of most children, but much of the benefit is focused on what they get. Of course one of the blessings of Christmas is giving, so look for ways to teach children generosity this year. Here are some ideas:
- Involves kids in your gift giving strategy or help them develop their own. Planning, shopping, and wrapping can each provide ways for children to think about blessing others.
- Anticipate with your children the delight others will experience when the gifts are opened. Help your child enjoy the fun others will have when receiving gifts.
- Ask children the question: “What are you doing this year to make Christmas special for others?” This question alone can help teens think of others instead of just themselves. A short discussion can help move kids from selfish tendencies to generosity.
- And most importantly, remind children of the generosity of God by sending us a special gift in his Son.
For more ideas on addressing heart issues in your kids, consider the book, Parenting is Heart Work by Dr Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, RN, BSN.