Thanksgiving is, quite simply, a time of showing thanks. Chances are, your preschooler has the “thanks” part down pat! She says “thank you” and shows appreciation to others. But, how is she doing on the whole “giving” part? Giving to others is a natural next step to thankfulness. When you are thankful for something you have been given, you want to pass it on to others by giving to them. So, how do you do this with a preschooler?
Make it a family project
For a preschooler, giving back to the community will require some parental involvement. Brainstorm things your preschooler likes to do. Are there any local charities that can use these talents? Does your child love animals? Volunteer at the animal shelter. Does she like to cook? Serve at the local soup kitchen. Does he have a generous spirit? Collect items for the needy and take them to your local food pantry. There are charities to fit almost any interest!
Give what you have
Are your closets overstuffed with ill-fitting clothes and under appreciated toys? Go through your things and scale it down! You can hold a neighborhood yard sale and sell those extra items to raise money for your favorite charity. Or, you can gather them up and take them to your local Goodwill or Salvation Army store to donate.
Maybe you are blessed with enough “extra” in your budget that you can provide a Thanksgiving meal to a family that would go without. Take your preschooler shopping for the traditional Thanksgiving meal ingredients (turkey, potatoes, corn, cranberry sauce, pie, etc.) and deliver them to that family.
In the end, it’s not what you give, or how much you give that matters. The goal is to involve your children and family in giving back to others in the community. Teaching your child to give and serve will be traits that serve them well their entire lives.
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