We have a little tradition and decided to start to include baby Jax. Every year we would try and get people to donate some stuff to local charities or organisations. I asked friends and family to rather donate toys and clothes and bring them to baby Jax’ Birthday party- rather then showering him with loads of toys he doesn’t need.
I know he only turned one and don’t understand yet, but why not start with the tradition early and teach him to be grateful for everything, from a young age.
When it comes to giving back, there is no better time to start than now, using what you already have! You don’t need unlimited time or money to get involved—you can find smaller, simpler ways to make helping others a part of your everyday routine. It’s very easy to spoil our kids. We want to give them everything and only the best. Before you know it they have an overload of toys and trow tantrums in public everytime you tell them they cant have more toys!
Baby Jax doesn’t know yet how fortunate he is with the life he has been given. Some of it will be instinctive as he matures, but most of it will be taught by us, his parents.
Here are a few ideas to do with your kids:
- Have your child go through their old toys with you and choose items that they don’t use anymore to donate . Especially right before Christmas and right after birthdays. It helps to stay in control of the clutter and it’s for a good cause.
- Find a local library or school near you and donate new or used books to spread literacy in your community.
- Grab your little one(s), gloves, and a trash bag and head to your neighborhood park to pick up trash.
- Bake some cupcakes or cookies and take them to a children’s hospital to brighten up their day.
- Buy dog or cat food and take it to the humane society. Allow your children to spend some time with the recipients of the gift.
- Create a charity jar to be used by the family when allowances are distributed. Invite children to share some of their allowance with others through donating to the jar. As the jar fills, decide as a family where to contribute the contents. I hope these ideas are more inspiring than overwhelming. I know we are all busy with our day-to-day lives, but nothing beats taking the time to do for others. That feeling cannot be described, it can only be taught. How wonderful would that be to experience that with your child for the first time?
We challenge you today to stop for a moment and think about how privilege you are and to be grateful with the life you live. There are always something to be grateful for.