So it’s November. That time of year when you breathe in that crisp fall freshness that reminds you winter is right around the corner. Or is it the month when Mother Nature lets us know who is boss as we vacillate between forty and seventy-five degrees in a matter of six hours? There are pros and cons to either situation, but no matter what the temperature is outside, it is a time to measure the temperature of our hearts.
November 26 is Thanksgiving, and whether or not you celebrate the holiday, it is a time when families tend to gather and count their blessings. This may manifest itself in the form of traditional foods, football games, or traveling to visit grandma. But it can be even more meaningful if we introduce our children to the art of giving.
I say “art of giving” because choosing to spend time giving of oneself is as beautiful and individual as each child, and giving teaches children an appreciation for what they have. We all have blessings in our lives, and how we choose to share and appreciate them can become as traditional as a turkey dinner.
In addition to bringing joy to someone else, you give your child an opportunity to find what is special about him or her that can be shared with others. Is your child artistic? How about making greeting cards for soldiers who are not able to be with their families; or patients in a hospital unable to celebrate? Is your child musical? He/she can bring a smile to the elderly who would love a concert in a nursing home. Some homemade treats delivered to a lonely neighbor, or an overwhelmed mom, would be a heartwarming treat. The ways to give from the heart are endless, but kids sometimes need a helping hand to get started. For more ideas, check out: http://www.cozi.com/live-simply/10-ways-give-back or http://lauragraceweldon.com/2013/06/27/40-ways-kids-can-volunteer-toddler-to-teen/.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, however you choose to celebrate it. We look forward to celebrating with you and your children at our annual Summer in the Snow on January 9 from 2-4 PM.
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