For many people, December is a month filled with gift giving. But what about that other G word? We’re thinking about generosity this month (though gratitude isn’t a bad one either). It is never too soon to introduce your child to the idea of generosity. And this time of year presents – pun intended – so many opportunities to do it!
For children, learning to be generous starts with lessons about sharing, kindness, and understanding that their actions affect others. These skills set the stage for social emotional development that is so vital to nurturing a child who can control feelings, communicate effectively, solve problems, and work well with others.
Thankfully, one of the easiest ways to encourage these positive behaviors each day through is by being an example to your child. While this includes generous behaviors, like giving of your time, it also means talking about emotions. Discussing feelings is another great way for children to understand that everyone experiences emotions and deserves kindness.
Raising a compassionate child may be easier than you think and be a gift all year round.