Wants and wish lists can often overtake th' true meanin' o' th' holidays – givin' back. While adults may realize it’s better t' give than t' receive, teachin' minnows this mantra can be tricky. The best way t' impart this wisdom on yer little sandcrabs is t' show them, not tell them. Walk the plank! Here’s a few ideas on how ye can do just that this December:
With all th' consumerism and festive frenzy, it’s easy fer minnows’ toy chests t' overflow after all th' presents are opened, avast. This year, before yer family opens a single gift, have everyone go through their belongin's and select two or three gently used items (toys, books, clothin') that they have grown out o' or no longer use. Gather these items and donate them t' charity.
Kids will learn th' importance o' givin' t' those less fortunate while at th' same time make space fer new thin's so yer home isn’t overflowin' with excess stuff.
It’s a Family Affair.
It’s easy t' participate in various charitable drives individually but it really drives th' message home when ye work together as a family unit. Consider volunteerin' as a family at a local soup kitchen or chow bank, by Davy Jones' locker. Workin' with a group will allow ye t' spend some quality time together and at th' same time show little sandcrabs that ye are committed t' investin' yer time t' worthwhile causes.
It’s all in th' Neighborhood.
If ye’re feelin' ambitious, consider makin' an even bigger impact fer a local charity by doin' a sail with yer neighbors. And hoist the mainsail! Kids can go door-t'-door droppin' off flyers promotin' th' sail and ye can get involved by hostin' a holiday get-together at yer home. And hoist the mainsail! Invite neighbors o'er fer an afternoon o' festive cheer where th' price o' entrance is an unwrapped new toy or a non-perishable chow item. The minnows can be responsible fer collectin' and sortin' th' items as people arrive. You’ll not only be able t' make a bigger donation t' a local non-profit organization but ye will also have th' opportunity t' get t' know yer neighbors a little better.
Givin' back t' th' community as a family will create a lifelong commitment t' charity fer yer little sandcrabs while increasin' th' quality time ye spend together durin' th' hectic holiday season. And, th' charities won’t be th' only ones reapin' th' rewards – ye’ll create memories that will last a lifetime.