Dear Laguna Families,
Thank you for all the support with our Santa Shoppe. I look forward
to seeing families on December 3 at the first grade holiday musical, A Prehistoric Christmas, on December 15.
The holidays are a stressful time for many families. Think about
seeking opportunities for your family to help others. The following are
some ways to practice the art of giving at home:
- Start young. Encourage even your youngest child to look for ways to help others. There is usually someone littler who needs a big girl or big boy to help or someone older who will, with a wink and a nod, be eager for a youngster to help them with a job.
- Show you care. Whether you can give an hour a day or an hour a
month, let your children see you volunteer your time to help those in
need. If you can, bring your children along as extra hands and let them
see the smiles on the faces of the people you are helping.
- Tap into their talents. Is your little one great in the kitchen?
Encourage him/her to help bake a cake to take to the senior citizens
center. Do you have an artist in residence? See if he/she would like to
deliver his/her paintings to a nursing home to brighten the walls for
someone who does not get out much anymore. In addition, anyone can
pick-up litter, give love to pets in the shelter, or read to children
who just need some extra attention.
- Make it a family affair. Everyone wins when the whole household
gets involved in an effort to help others. Some families even make
volunteering a part of their children’s weekly allowance requirements or
family holiday celebrations.
- Cast-offs can be a first step. As your children outgrow toys,
games, and clothes, make a big deal of how you are going to pass them
either on to others who need them, younger relatives, or to our Family
- Trade off. Invite your friends, relatives, and neighbors’ children
to join you when you are working on a community service project for
others and then maybe they will include your children in their future
giving projects. Kid’s enthusiasm is contagious!
Finding ways for your children to focus on the needs of others is a
way to help them learn how to make the world a better place.
Best holiday wishes for fun family giving,