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Helping Hand for the Holidays- Feeding America (Guest Post)

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So exciting to have a fabulous guest post during this busy holiday season AND what a wonderful time of the year to re-focus our kids on giving! Help Feed America!

{Submitted by Emily Patterson on behalf of Primrose Schools, the highest level of Educational Day Care.  Primrose Primrose is currently raising awareness for Feeding America and their efforts to help Americans in need. To join in, visit their Facebook page where you can donate $1 by liking it or $2 by sharing.}

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In today’s society, parents recognize how vital it is to raise children who show compassionate to others. While they may model compassion, they might not know what else to do to teach children how important it is to be compassionate. One way parents can teach compassion is to do volunteer work with their children. What better time to start than during the holiday season.

Volunteering during the holidays refocuses the “give me” attitude into understanding the need to share with others. Volunteering builds character and teaches children that others with less need assistance. Children gain the satisfaction of helping others and learn they can make a difference in their communities at any age.

The following are four key tips to assist parents in showing children the importance of helping others through volunteer work.

First, consider why you wish your children to be involved in volunteer activities. How does this work with family philosophy and goals? Volunteering gives a practical outreach to the values you seek to teach your children. Choose an activity that works for your family. This might be buying gifts for children who have a parent in prison. It might be caroling as a family or with a church or community group at residences for the elderly or at hospitals.

Second, take the time to explain the reason behind why you encourage the family to volunteer. Explain that volunteering during the holidays makes the season better for others. When your children ask, “Why?” give age-appropriate, but real, answers.

Third, consider the age of your children when volunteering for activities. Very young children will not be able to dish out food at a shelter, but they can give the elderly a hug when you visit to share a carol, a skit or a word of cheer. Very young children have a narrow world, consisting of their home, church, neighborhood and school, and can scare easily in a foreign environment. Keep the volunteer activity to a familiar place or people.

Finally, look for a not-for-profit that is child-friendly. Ahead of time, ask questions so you can choose the volunteer opportunity that works best for your family. Ask if the staff encourages children to participate in a volunteer capacity with the parents. Ask what positive benefits volunteering at the organization offers your children. Look for opportunities with organizations that regularly work with children and families. Your family may be able to buy gifts and food for a needy family and deliver them. Maybe your children can collect new and used books and toys to donate for holiday gifts.

Compassionate children tend to become compassionate adults. Volunteering during the holidays starts a habit of community involvement for your children. Work as a family to choose the volunteer opportunities in which to become involved during the holiday season.

 

 Helping Hands for the Holidays  Feeding America (Guest Post)

Diva Dietitian

Kristie Finnan is a Registered Dietitian/Licensed Nutritionist, Freelance Writer and Published Children's Author. She is the Mom of 3 and Food Snob with a passion for Nutrition Education, Healthy Kids Foods, Marketing and Social Media. Kristie is the Creative Director/Editor for www.DivaDietitian.com and www.KidsLoveFood.com & Founder of www.DoylestownNutrition.com. Diva Dietitian blogs in Full Disclosure. Please see: http://kristiefinnan.com/about/disclosure.

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