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Parenting Tip

December 16, 2013

Caring for Others

One of the great ways to help children think of giving instead of just getting at Christmas is to reach out to others you don’t even know. This one activity can do a tremendous amount to help kids focus on others, not just themselves. Here are some ideas:

Pray for missionaries in other parts of the world. Create a care package for a family and mail it off in time to arrive by Christmas Day.

Get involved in your church’s gift-giving program. Most churches provide ways to give tangible gifts to those in need. Ask around your community for organizations that are providing gifts for others.

Take some homemade food and crafts to a local rest home or senior citizen center. Sing songs and greet people. Tell them Merry Christmas. Before you go and when you’re finished, talk to your kids about the people you are visiting. Sometimes caring for people can be a challenge and a blessing. Discussions help children understand it all in practical terms.

Make sure that children understand that Christmas is a time when we can share the love of Jesus with others. After all, that’s what God did for us.

To learn more about the biblical basis of a heart-based approach to parenting, consider the book, Parenting is Heart Work by Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, RN, BSN.

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